Young Shubman Gill reacts after maiden Test call up
India’s promising youngster Shubman Gill has finally earned a maiden Test call up for the upcoming series against South Africa and thanks to his pretty good performances of late, which was more than enough to grab the attention of the selectors.
The Punjab batsman wants to grab the opportunity in both hands just in case if the team management decides to give him a chance in the three-match series against the Proteas. Moreover, he is super excited to play under skipper Virat Kohli.
Speaking exclusively to Timesofindia.com after receiving the maiden call up, the delighted Shubman Gill said: “I am in Trivandrum right now (for 1st unofficial Test vs South Africa A). When I came to the room, my teammates told me about the news. I immediately checked my phone.
It was flooded with messages and missed calls. I am so happy right now. If I get a chance to play, I will give my best. We have the best team. I am excited to play under Virat (Kohli) bhaiya,” the 20-year-old batsman said.
Gill put up a candid performance during India A’s tour to the Caribbean last month but failed to find space in the 16-member India squad against the West Indies in the two-Test series. But now that he has finally earned his maiden Test call up, he wants to make full use of the opportunity to better effect.
“I am in good form. I know I missed out in West Indies (Tests). But this is a big opportunity for me and I want to score as I have been doing recently. A big thanks to the selectors. It will be an honour to don Team India whites,” Shubman Gill told Timesofindia.com.
“Be it blue or white 🔵⚪It’s always an honour to represent my country,” Gill tweeted
Be it blue or white 🔵⚪
It's always an honour to represent my country 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/qfWMpwsMsw
— Shubman Gill (@RealShubmanGill) September 12, 2019
Whether the talented Shubman Gill will find himself some space in the India playing XI is one’s imagination but considering the fact that Mayank Agarwal’s recent run and Rohit Sharma’s expected promotion as an opener means that Shubman Gill will have to be warming the bench.
But the 20-year-old prospect is not at all thinking about which position he might get to bat in because all he wants is to play for India and he is ready to play in any position where the team wants him to perform.
“It will be obviously a big opportunity. I don’t want to think about any slot. I will bat where my team wants me to. If they want me to open I will, if they want me to come down the order, I am ready for that as well,” a confident Gill told Timesoflndia.com.