Shubnam Gill to debut for India in Kohli’s absence?

Shubman Gill is the name that is being heard by the fans time and again. The next-gen player will soon be the familiar face in Indian cricket as he is waiting for his opportunity to play for the team. After departing from Mohali, there were talks about him to be a part of the team’s limited overs set up in New Zealand as a tactical decision.

Shubnam Gill to debut for India in Kohli's absence?
Shubnam Gill raises his bat

So far, he didn’t get a game. He was given ‘green light’ to fly to New Zealand as a replacement of KL Rahul. However, Viraat Kohli’s absence could soon prove to be a blessing in disguise for Shubnam Gill to debut for team India.

Gill has proved to be a lethal weapon so far as he scored an unbeaten 102 against Pakistan in the U-19 World Cup semi-final at Hamilton. Interestingly, it was also the same venue for the fourth ODI. Gill came through with flying colours as he finished as the highest run-getter of the tournament.

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He also proved his worth when he returned to New Zealand at the beginning of this year as part of India A’s squad where he scored 124 runs in 3 innings and what really makes him the class apart from other batters is his resilience to score runs when others fail to deliver the punch.

The bright prospect will surely his presence count if he is given the chance to open the face of the blade. Yes, he was not in contention for the starting XI but that doesn’t mean that he should hit the nets. When he ran through a customary net practice session, Indian captain Virat Kohli was mighty pleased with the way Gill went about his business in the nets.

He went on to say that Shubman is an interesting talent and confessed that he was not even 10 per cent of Shubnam when he (Kohli) was at 19. “Someday someone has to take your place and that’s how it goes. Shubman is a very exciting talent and I saw him bat in the nets and I was like wow I was not even ten per cent of that when I was 19,” Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation after India clinched 3-0 ODI series win over the Black Caps.

The fourth ODI will be skippered by Rohit Sharma as India look to continue the winning streak against the Kiwis whereas the Kane Williamson & Co will look for possibilities to figure out ways to stop India from riding the wave. The match will be played at Seddon Park, Hamilton on January 31.


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