Twitter Reactions: Shubman Gill called up for New Zealand tour

Silvia Morton
January 14, 2019

By the time the travel documents could be prepared for him the ODI series in Australia would be over, the series finishes in less than a week's time (2nd ODI is on January 15 and third and final is on January 18). I have been playing under him for more than two years. He is very exciting. "Then I saw that I have been selected with Vijay Shankar for the Indian team", he told ESPNcricinfo on Sunday.

In front of an expected sellout at the SCG, make sure you join the Macquarie Sports Radio Cricket commentary team for all the action as the ODI series between Australia and India begins. Nonetheless, his inclusion in the squad on merit basis would be a big morale booster for the teenager, who emerged as a star for the U-19 Indian team in their World Cup triumph a year ago.

The 27-year-old Shankar is a middle-order batsman from Tamil Nadu who can also bowl medium pace.

"At this time past year we went for the World Cup and now I have got an India call-up. After the 2019 World Cup, he can make it to the [Indian] side". "Yes, I think that will be an advantage", he says. "I also played the Under-19 World Cup there a year ago". There are no visa problems going to New Zealand.

He's only played nine matches but there hasn't been a single one in which he's failed to score at least fifty. Further evidence of his dominance is a strike-rate of 77.28.

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India ODI squad to tour New Zealand: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami. Our coaches and seniors really helped me. They finished 324 for 8 in 57 overs. In the ongoing Ranji Trophy, Gill has been nothing short of Bradmanesque.

That fact may also have to do with the new dimension to his game that he added during the season with Kolkata Knight Riders. Then messages from friends and reporters started coming in that I had been selected for the Indian team.

"You are just watching and observing how they move as I said I am a little from the black side (influenced by West Indies culture) so I have to see how they (women) move first", he said.

Pandya and Rahul's recent appearance on Indian talk show "Koffee with Karan", during which the former detailed how he bragged to his parents about losing his virginity, created a storm in their homeland. I was excited and I gave the good news to my father and mother Kearat Gill, who were sleeping at that time. He attributes his adaptability to a childhood spent playing with older kids who often used their seniority to bat ahead of him. "It was a special moment", said Gill.

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