Former Australian chinaman spinner Brad Hogg has put his weight behind Shubman Gill to solidify India’s bleak middle order. India has had its perennial issues in the middle order and the young batsman has shown the skills to come up with the solution. Gill has been in classic form in the recent past but he could not break into the Indian ODI squad for the series against West Indies.
Despite performing up to the mark for India A, Gill could not make the cut into the senior side. In fact, the 19-year-old prodigy batsman was awarded the Man of the series for scoring 218 runs which included three fifties against West Indies A. However, he still could not attract selector’s eyes towards him.
Gill is the future of Indian cricket.
Subsequently, Gill shared his disappointment as he stated that he expected himself to be at least included in one of the three Indian squads for the senior team.
“I was waiting for the Indian senior team to be announced on Sunday and I expected to be selected for at least one of the squads. It was disappointing not to get picked but I am not going to spend time thinking over it. I’ll keep scoring runs and performing to the best of my ability to impress the selectors,” said Gill.
Moreover, Gill continued to let his bat do all the talking for him as he scored a brilliant 204 runs knock in the third unofficial Test match against West Indies A.
Brad Hogg took to his Twitter account to share his thoughts on the young batsman. He post read as, “Shubman Gill, another double century to his name overnight. Has to be a late inclusion in the One Day squad with India looking to solidify their middle order. Get the junior in. #INDvWI #WIvIND”.
“Not many options up the top for him, I reckon he can handle number 4,” Hogg further added.
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) August 9, 2019
Meanwhile, Gill has thus far played only two One Day Internationals for India in which he has scored only 16 runs. Gill has shown the promise to be the future of the Indian team and it is just a matter of time before we see him in action playing with the big boys.
On the other hand, the first ODI between India and West Indies was washed out due to rain. The second ODI will be played at Trinidad on 11th August.