India named their Test squad for the three-match Test series against South Africa on Thursday. Right-hand batsman from Punjab, Shubman Gill was finally included in the Test squad following his stellar performances for the India A side. Taking to Twitter shortly after the announcement of the squad, Shubman Gill expressed happiness over his selection. In his tweet, he called it an honour to represent the country, "be it blue of white". Read his tweet:
Be it blue or white 🔵⚪— Shubman Gill (@RealShubmanGill) September 12, 2019
It's always an honour to represent my country 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/qfWMpwsMsw
Speaking over his inclusion in India's squad against South Africa, Indian cricket team Chief selector MSK Prasad said that he is taken up as a backup opener or middle-order player. Currently in a suberb form, India ‘A’ test captain Shubhman Gill scored a smashing 90 runs off 153 balls against South Africa ‘A’ team in the first innings of their match which India won on Thursday. Congratulatory messages poured in for Gill on his selection. ILP franchise Kolkata Knight Riders took to Twitter and wished Shubman Gill the best for the series.
🚨 JUST IN 🚨@RealShubmanGill earns maiden #TeamIndia Test Call up for the 3⃣ Test series against South Africa— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) September 12, 2019
Send in your wishes for the young gun 💪#TeamIndia #ShubmanGill #KorboLorboJeetbo pic.twitter.com/IhGJrcsMRM
The three-match Test series against South Africa is scheduled to begin after the end of the T20 series later in September. While KL Rahul has been dropped from the Test side, pacer Mohammad Shami was also included in the squad, along with Shubman Gill. Shami has been in controversy following an arrest warrant issued against him by the court on the allegations of domestic violence by his wife. Wriddhaman Saha has been included as the Test wicketkeeper despite a string of poor shows from him and young Rishabh Pant.
India’s squad for 3 Tests: Virat Kohli (Capt), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk),Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill— BCCI (@BCCI) September 12, 2019