Shubman Gill bat sponsor: The Indian fans have so far failed to understand why the opening batsman plays without a bat sponsor.
During the third day of the first Test of the ongoing England’s tour of India in Chennai, India opening batsman Shubman Gill became England fast bowler Jofra Archer’s second victim after he played an aerial shot to James Anderson at mid-on.
In what was a soft dismissal, Gill ended up playing an on-drive a tad too early. With the ball also stopping a bit after pitching, Gill not adjusting well was meant for him to hit the ball in the air.
Gill, who scored 29 (28) with the help of five eye-catching boundaries, hadn’t let the likes of James Anderson and Jofra Archer dominate him with the new ball. Playing a home Test for the first time, Gill was looking set for an archetype long innings but it wasn’t to be eventually.
Shubman Gill bat sponsor
In addition to his confident stay in the middle at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Gill also allured limelight for his bat which didn’t have a sponsor. Something which is an unusual sight with respect to an Indian opening batsman, Gill batting without a sticker on his bat has made the Indian fans ponder for the reason behind it.
Gill, who first made a mark in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018, used to have tyre company CEAT as his bat sponsor back then. It was only before Indian Premier League 2020 in the UAE that Gill opted out of the deal.
In the 13th season of the cash-rich league last year, Gill had YWC’s sticker on his bat. It is worth mentioning that YWC (You We Can) is a sports lifestyle brand owned by former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh.
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Gill, who played one ODI and three Test matches during the recently concluded tour of Australia, had YWC as his bat sponsor but was spotted without a sticker in the fourth Test in Brisbane.
Batting for the first time in a competitive match since the Gabba Test, Gill once again walked in to bat without a bat sponsor today contrary to the reports of him signing a deal with YWC.
While there hasn’t been any official statement from either YWC or Gill regarding the deal, it remains to be seen if the 21-year old player will return to YWC or not. Irrespective of the same, expect Gill to have a bat sponsor (either YWC or any other brand) anytime from now for brands wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity of getting visibility via the bat of one of India’s biggest future stars.