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Shubman, Vijay to replace Hardik, Rahul

Shubman, Vijay to replace Hardik, Rahul

Speaking at the SCG on Friday, Indian captain Virat Kohli said he was yet to hear whether the players would be forced to sit out some matches.

After his batting brilliance in the victorious India U-19 World Cup team in 2018 - he was player of the tournament - and then in first class cricket, the 19-year-old Shubman is on the verge of making his father's dream come true after being selected for the Indian squad for the upcoming ODI and T20 series in New Zealand.

The gifted batsman is familiar with the country: he led India to the Under-19 World Cup title previous year when he was named man of the tournament, and returned with India A in November. "He would often hire the labours to throw balls and give me batting practice", Gill recalled. "After the 2019 World Cup, he can make it to the [Indian] side". "If I get a chance to play in the final XI, I will try my best to perform", he added.

"Shubman is comfortable both opening the innings as well as playing in the middle-order".

Gill's recent form has been stupendous.

In his second Ranji Trophy season, Shubman has scored two centuries including a doubleton and two half-centuries.




Shubman had first hogged limelight when he made a world-record 587-run partnership with Nirmal Singh in Punjab and scored 351 runs in Punjab U-16 tournament.

He's only played nine matches but there hasn't been a single one in which he's failed to score at least fifty. "Grinding it out in domestic cricket has improved my game enormously", said Gill.

Talking to Sportskeeda in an exclusive chat about his call-up, Shubman said, "I was about to sleep at night and I suddenly got a storm of messages on WhatsApp from my friends and reporters". For the first few seconds, I was in a state of shock.

The likes of Hanuma Vihari, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Khaleel Ahmed have all been impressive in worldwide cricket and that makes Prasad very happy.

He credits Rahul Dravid hugely for his success.

"I am deeply influenced by Rahul Sir". "He doesn't really understand finances". Between that and his imminent trip to New Zealand as part of the senior team, the top-order batsman showed he could also play finisher, even on a stage as big as the IPL, and has built a first-class record so good that he's about to become an global cricketer almost 14 months after making his first-class debut.


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