Three of the greatest batting stars in Indian cricket history are the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli. When it comes to fan acclaim and records, their fame is unsurpassed. While Tendulkar served as the archetypal face of Indian cricket from the 1990s until 2010, Rohit and Kohli have dominated the game now. Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, and other members of the next generation of Indian cricketers have what it takes to succeed. Will they have the same level of success as Tendulkar, Rohit, or Kohli? Only time will tell.

However, veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh has saved a particularly glowing recommendation for new batting star Gill. The 22-year-old rookie, who Harbhajan has closely watched while he has played for Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, achieved his first century for India against Zimbabwe during the third ODI of the series in Harare. After many attempts to reach three figures, he eventually did it. In Brisbane in 2021, when he was out for 91 against Australia, Gill missed a Test century. More recently, in the West Indies, he was left stranded on 98 not out.

It was only natural that the young player broke the curse and hit his first home run after displaying incredible consistency over the course of the previous two series, scoring more than 400 runs in nine innings at a respectable average. Harbhajan was so delighted by Gill’s achievements that the former India spinner did not think twice to rank him among Rohit and Kohli.

“He is a skilled batter with strong shot selection and solid technique. I would compare his level of batsmanship to that of the current Indian team’s Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul. You like seeing them fly, “He said with Times of India.

Gill smashed the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s 24-year record with a hit of 130 off 97 balls, an innings that included 15 fours and one six. After Tendulkar’s 127 not out in Bulawayo 1998, Gill’s 130 is currently the highest individual score by an Indian in an ODI in Zimbabwe. In keeping with that, Harbhajan took it a step further and identified a quality in Gill that he believes the great Tendulkar shared.

“He has the advantage of being driven towards success. Nowadays, few batters become discouraged when they don’t get any runs. He belongs to the group of people. When he performs poorly, he feels like he is failing the team. It’s a characteristic that everyone needs. It was a characteristic Tendulkar shared as well “Harbhajan said.