One of the biggest names absent from the squad for the tour of West Indies was that of Shubman Gill. The talented batsman was expected to make his comeback to the ODI side, now when the team is done with World Cup but surprisingly, the youngster failed to get a place in the team.
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While stating the reason behind his absence from the squad, chief selector MSK Prasad said that Gill in on the waiting list. “I will give clear clarification on MS Dhoni next. I will clear it all. Let’s focus on the squad first. Shubman Gill went to New Zealand when KL Rahul was suspended. He’s on the waiting list,” he said.
Fans found the absence of Gill from the squad difficult to fathom and slammed the panel for ignoring him. Here are some of the tweets –
Shubman Gill ignored for King Manish. The beginning of invincible BCCI.
— arfan. (@Im__Arfan) July 21, 2019
Sure, oldies like jadhav still get ahead of youngster shubman gill!! https://t.co/wpS0AqR1zU
— rahil (@rahil056) July 21, 2019
Disappointed to not see Shubman Gill selected for either of the three formats. Now is the time to build for the future, and look past Kedar, Kartik etc. https://t.co/HUZ7EcoXc2
— Sarthak Dev (@devellix) July 21, 2019
— Dosa Muncher (@thenibbasays) July 21, 2019
Very disappointed with #ShubmanGill exclusion !! This is the right time to blood him in and tell him 2023 is going to be yours !! Happy for #ShreyasIyer (Always in my XI) . Otherwise good job by the selectors !! #Bcci
— Mikkhail Vaswani (@MikkhailVaswani) July 21, 2019
Kedar Jadhav at 34 years ahead of Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw pic.twitter.com/iW8s3UI9Yl
— Dinar (@Denarius17) July 21, 2019
— amit agarwal (@amitagarwalsri) July 21, 2019
— Sports Cutting (@SportsCutting) July 21, 2019
Gill hade made it to the ODI squad earlier this year after KL Rahul was suspended along with Hardik Pandya. He played two ODIs on the tour of New Zealand where he scored 16 runs. Gill has later dropped from the ODI squad with World Up just a few months away and KL Rahul also making his comeback.
However, with India starting a rebuilding process now Gill was expected to make a comeback but that wasn’t the case. The decision to ignore Gill was the biggest surprise from the selection meeting.
Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey made their comebacks to the national side after waiting for their chances for long. Both the players will now make a case to grab a spot in the middle-order and are expected to be given a longer run. They have also been named in the T20I squad.
Unsurprisingly, there was no MS Dhoni in the squad as the news regarding him taking a break was already out. There is no news regarding his retirement for now and he might return for the home series in the month of September.
India play three T20Is, three ODIs and two Test matches on the tour of West Indies next month.