Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Aakash Chopra
Shubman Gill. Credits: PTI

India’s prodigy batsman Shubman Gill is happy to be in the selection contention. Gill had scored a fine hundred while playing for India B in the Deodhar Trophy. Thus, India C which was led by Ajinkya Rahane went on to win the domestic tournament. In fact, Gill was the also top run-getter in the Under-19 World Cup which India won after defeating Australia.

Gill scored 36, an unbeaten 106 and 26 in the three innings of the Deodhar Trophy. Thus, Gill was able to come up with consistent performances in the domestic tournament. Subsequently, the talented batsman was able to make a case for himself for the selection.

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Shubman Gill, Indian Cricket Team
Shubman Gill. Image Courtesy: Getty

Gill said he was hoping to play a big knock as he was looking to make the most of his chance. However, Gill could not come up with a special performance in the final. However, Ishan Kishan and Ajinkya Rahane had already done the bulk of the scoring.

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“I was hoping to play a longer inning but I, unfortunately, I couldn’t score much in this match,” he told CricketNext after the game. “But the big thing is that I contributed for the team and we ended on the winning side. In the previous match, the ton came at a good time but there are certain areas that I can work on.

“As a player, you can never achieve perfection. There is a constant need to improve and learn new skill sets. Like in this championship I wanted to improve upon my ability to play medium pacers, swing and also scoring at a brisk pace in the middle overs. So, I’ll be looking to put in more effort there.”

In fact, Shubman Gill has been ticking the right boxes. The right-hander is a technically correct batsman and there is no doubt Punjab player is going to be the future of Indian cricket. Therefore, Gill is on the radar of the selectors. In fact, Shubman Gill was added to India’s squad as a substitute in the second Test match when Hanuma Vihari was released.

Shubman Gill, India
Shubman Gill. Credits: PTI

“The India call-up did come as a surprise and the feeling cannot be explained in words,” he said. “When you share space with the big players, you get to pick their brains on different match situations. That is certainly going to help me going forward.

“I’m just pleased to be in the selectors’ loop. It’s great to play with some of the more experienced players on the circuit and share the dressing room with them. My form has been good this year and that showed here (Deodhar Trophy). Rubbing shoulders with the seniors has given me a fair idea as to where I stand.”

Shubman Gill has scored three fifties and two centuries in ten List A matches. Thus, the young batsman averages 50 in his short career. Gill will like to continue to impress with his eye-catching performances.

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