A few years ago, Shubman Gill, 19, dreamt of winning the Indian Premier League's Emerging Player award. On Sunday, the trophy was his. The Kolkata Knight Riders batsman, who scored 296 runs in IPL-12, was the Man of the Series when the Prithvi Shaw-led India won the ICC U-19 World Cup in New Zealand last year. The youngster, whose ultimate aim is to play Test cricket, spoke to mid-day on the sidelines of the Ceat International Cricket Awards at a city hotel yesterday.
On Winning The IPL-12 Emerging Player Award:
I didn't expect it. I received a call a day before the IPL final informing me about it. I had three-four missed calls when I was in the gym [in Chandigarh]. Later, when I called back I was told that I have to go to Hyderabad to receive this award. It felt good because it's been a childhood dream to win this one. I may have been 13 years old then when I saw Mandeep Singh of Kings XI Punjab win the Emerging Player award. That's when I told myself that if I perform well in the IPL, I too can win it.