Right-hand batsman from Punjab Shubman Gill, who only turned 20 on September 8, has been called up for the first time to play for the Indian Test Cricket Team. Gill has been included in squad to take on South Africa in the upcoming Test series. “Shubman Gill is taken as a backup opener or middle-order player," said Indian cricket team Chief selector MSK Prasad, speaking on the decision to Republic TV.
The series is set to start on October 2, 2019, in Visakhapatnam with the two subsequent Tests to be played in Pune and Ranchi.
India ‘A’ test captain Gill has been in superb form of late. He 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. Gill's innings was peppered with some truly beautiful shots, which almost propelled him to a century, falling just 10 runs short as he was dismissed by Piedt.
The India ‘A’ captain averages at a tremendously impressive 72.15 in first-class cricket and recently captained his side to a seven-wicket victory over the South African side in Thiruvananthapuram. Gill was one of the breakthrough stars in India’s ICC Under-19 World Cup triumph in New Zealand last year, averaging 124 through the competition.
Kolkata Knight Riders wish Shubman Gill the best:
🚨 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
A fan also expressed jubilation:
Happy to see #ShubmanGill get a spot in the Indian test team. He's had a fantastic domestic season this year and it'll be brilliant if he can continue his form at the international level. Here's hoping he gets to make his test debut in the upcoming series against South Africa. 🤞— Nayan Basu (@NayanBasuu) September 12, 2019
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