Team India have announced their 15-member squad for the three-match Test series against South Africa starting from October 2. Young talented batsman Shubman Gill has replaced out of form opener KL Rahul in the squad.

The Karnataka batsman has struggled to put runs on the board in the recent series against West Indies. Rahul failed to register a half-century returning with the highest score of 44 runs. also dropped Umesh Yadav from the squad. Instead, they have gone with an addition spinner in Kuldeep Yadav. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are the two other spinners in the squad.

Reacting for the first time after his maiden call-up, Shubman Gill revealed his inspirations in cricket. The young batsman spoke about the importance of India skipper Virat Kohli in his career. Gill revealed that he has learned the work ethics from Kohli.

Shubman Gill. Credit: Twitter

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“I have my role models. I try to follow the work ethics of Virat bhaiya but I know every player is different and you can’t copy anyone,” Gill said to TOI.

Shubman Gill, who has been waiting in the fringes, has finally earned the much-deserved call. He was in contention for the series against West Indies but missed the cut. On the tour of West Indies, Gill scored 244 runs for India A in two unofficial Tests with highest-score of 204*.

Although he did not get enough runs in five-match one-day series against South Africa A, Gill scored 90 runs in the first unofficial Test to push for his Test selection. Shubman Gill will hope to grab this opportunity with both hands and justify his selection.