Highly-rated youngster Shubman Gill received a pleasant surprise on Thursday when he received his maiden Test call-up. The right-handed batsman was a surprising inclusion in India’s Test squad for the upcoming series against South Africa. It was surprising because not many were expecting Gill to break into the Test team so fast.
While Gill has been one of the most impressive batsmen in domestic circuit, many thought that he would be tried out in the ODI team first. Gill had made his ODI debut earlier this year on the tour of New Zealand and was not recalled since then before the Test call-up. Well, the youngster has now made it clear that irrespective of the colour of the jersey, he is proud to represent the country.
Shubman Gill took to Twitter to express his delight over the news, writing:
“Be it blue or white. It’s always an honour to represent my country.”
Be it blue or white 🔵⚪
It's always an honour to represent my country 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/qfWMpwsMsw
— Shubman Gill (@RealShubmanGill) September 12, 2019
Meanwhile, Shubman Gill has been in good form in recent times. On the India A tour of West Indies, he was the highest run-scorer in the one-day games before scoring a double century in the unofficial Test. Recently, he scored 90 and 5 in the first unofficial Test against South Africa A. So far, he has played 14 first-class games and has scored 1443 runs at an average of 72.15 with four centuries to his name.
Gill has been picked in the squad as a reserve opener. With KL Rahul dropped, India will promote Rohit Sharma at the top of the order. Rohit is likely to open the innings with Mayank Agarwal while Gill will have to wait for his chance.
The first Test of the series will be played in Visakhapatnam from October 2 before the teams travel to Pune for the second Test from October 10. The final match of the tour will be played in Ranchi from October 19.