Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Deep Dasgupta has given his views on Shubman Gill’s chances in India’s World Cup squad.
With Shubman Gill scoring heavily in domestic circuit and India’s middle-order showing little signs of settling down, there are speculations that the youngster might be considered for the upcoming World Cup. Gill was given a surprise call for the ongoing ODI series in New Zealand after his stunning outing in the ongoing season of the Ranji Trophy. In just 5 games, he scored 729 runs at an average of over 104.
The call made many speculate that the teenager is in selectors’ plans for the World Cup. The speculations only increased after he made his debut in the fourth ODI although he could not make it memorable. The right-handed batsman lasted just 21 balls, scoring 9 as India were all out for 92 on a tough pitch.
There is still some time left before the World Cup gets underway but Deep Dasgupta feels India should not pick Gill for the showpiece event. The former wicketkeeper gave his opinion after being asked whether MS Dhoni should replace the youngster for the upcoming fifth ODI against New Zealand. With just six ODIs left before the World Cup, Deep Dasgupta feels India should play Dhoni.
“If Dhoni is fit, I would play him. The World Cup is pretty long. You are gonna play the World Cup in the first half of the English summer which can be a little chilly, windy, moist and everything. Conditions as a batsman would be very tough in the first half of the World Cup. I think it will give you some kind of an idea. If MS Dhoni is fit, I will play him. Shubman Gill, he will have his time. He is special, he is class act but he will have his opportunity. He will get his time,” Dasgupta told ESPNcricinfo.
Meanwhile, Dhoni is fit for the final ODI against the Kiwis. India assistant coach Sanjay Bangar, on Saturday, confirmed the news, saying:
“Yes, he is fit and will be playing the fifth ODI.”