McCullum has high hopes from Gill to perform this season of IPL (Photo: Twitter @ICC)

A coach exactly knows what a player’s potential is and how they can make a place in the team. Youngsters are always looking for an opportunity to shine and perform for their team, in whatever capacity they can. 

Sometimes, young players may not be able to live up to expectations and under-perform. However, these are the times when coaches and captains need to back the players and support them. 

Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum wants to delegate some “leadership responsibility” to young Shubman Gill during the upcoming IPL in the UAE. During last season, Shubman batted way lower down the order which got the franchise lot of flak.

Kolkata Knight Riders’ star all-rounder Andre Russell had openly blamed some of “bad decisions” for their string of losses last season as the two-time champions missed out on a playoff berth despite four wins from the first five matches. 

“What a talent, and what a good guy as well. He is going to be a part of our leadership group this year as well, at least in some capacity,” the former Kiwi skipper states.

“Even though he is young, I am a big believer that it’s not necessarily true that you having played for a long time to make you a good leader.”

Apart from the star West Indies all-rounder, the 20-year-old Gill played some responsible knocks but his batting lower down the order hurt the team’s cause.

“It’s about you exhibiting the behavior of a leader. It’s always good to have a cross-section of leadership within your group. To us, Shubman is one of those guys we would look to lean on for some leadership throughout this season,” McCullum states.