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Shubman Gill: I am preparing myself to bat in the middle-order for India

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New Delhi: Shubman Gill couldn't have asked for a better gift on the occasion of Lohri. He had almost fallen asleep on Saturday (January 12) night when a rush of messages woke him up as he was selected for ODI and T20 squad for New Zealand to replace suspended KL Rahul.
 

"It was late in the night and I had almost fallen asleep. Then messages from friends and reporters started coming in that I had been selected for the Indian team. I rushed into my parents bedroom to inform them. They had fallen asleep but mom was immediately up and hugged me," Gill told CricketNext from Chandigarh.


Gill has earned this call-up on the back of a phenomenal run in Ranji Trophy. He has scored 790 runs for Punjab in 10 innings at an average of 98.75 with a top-score of 268 this season.

"It's always good to be selected when you are in form. I am timing the ball well and just feeling full of confidence in the middle at the moment," Gill, who scored 91 against Bengal last week at the Eden Gardens, said.

The Punjab opener was part of India A squad to New Zealand last month and that experience should come in handy for the youngster.

"I am preparing myself to bat in the middle-order for India. The pitches in New Zealand have assistance for the paceman, so defence needs to be tight early in the innings. Rahul sir's (Dravid) knowledge of batting on such wickets was very helpful when I toured there," the youngster said.

 

Despite all the success in domestic games, the right-hander knows how hard it is to grab a spot in India's middle-order. When players like Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey and Mayank Agarwal are waiting in the wings, it becomes harder but just like his wristy swap shots, he was quick to brush aside the competition from others question. “I don’t think I’m fighting for a spot, If I do well, the spot will naturally be my own and I would get more chances to perform and prove myself,” Gill added.

With 2019 World Cup berths still up for grabs, Gill hasn't given up on that dream as well. "Of course, I dream to be part of India's World Cup squad. If I can get an opportunity in New Zealand and grab that chance, I'll have a good shot at selection for the team to England," he said.

India are scheduled to play five ODIs and three T20s in New Zealand starting January 23.

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29 minutes ago, puneet28 said:

A 3-year old pic :phehe: (Purely childish - but even if takes it off this pic is circulating in social media today). 

I hope he doesn't drift away, which though seems to be unlikely because he has already spent around 2 years with Rahul Dravid. 

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Bhai ne mujhe orkut ki yaad dila di chirkut slogans like "heaven won't take me hell afraid I ll take over"  this used to be our punch lines. Keep it up junior.:two_thumbs_up:

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1 hour ago, puneet28 said:

A 3-year old pic :phehe: (Purely childish - but even if takes it off this pic is circulating in social media today). 

I hope he doesn't drift away, which though seems to be unlikely because he has already spent around 2 years with Rahul Dravid. 

Shub.jpg

Punjabi munda probably thinks 69 is chicken 69..:p:

 

 

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Well deserved by Gill. He’s forced his way on the back of his performances. 

 

Hope he he does well in NZ and makes the establishment realise it’s folly of going with grandpas for their experience. Mayank’s success would have already shamed them a little bit.

 

Far fetched but Shaw, Gill, Pant all three in WC squad could be a distinct possibility now.

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A 3-year old pic :phehe: (Purely childish - but even if takes it off this pic is circulating in social media today). 
I hope he doesn't drift away, which though seems to be unlikely because he has already spent around 2 years with Rahul Dravid. 
Shub.thumb.jpg.13cf7efc436c3f480a5f15d59bdcfc30.jpg
He wanted to sound funny

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5 hours ago, cowboysfan said:

Poor kid,that asshole MSK didnt even communicate with him that he was the backup opener,the selectors have been beyond terrible since the COA took over.

I don't understand this reserve opener crap.It should be reserve batsman.

Sachin,Dada,Sehwag, Gambhir were all great openers but were good enough to bat in the middle order when needed

Now there is a reserve opener who either opens or carries drinks around for months 

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6 hours ago, vvvslaxman said:

I know he scored a lot in Ranji. But for bombarding from social media this kid would have waited longer.

He was actually not the first choice to take the flight to New Zealand. Mayank Agarwal was going to be picked, but he had a finger injury so Shubman was picked instead.

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On 1/13/2019 at 5:42 PM, puneet28 said:

A 3-year old pic :phehe: (Purely childish - but even if takes it off this pic is circulating in social media today). 

I hope he doesn't drift away, which though seems to be unlikely because he has already spent around 2 years with Rahul Dravid. 

Shub.jpg

Ise Pandya se door rakho yar

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On 1/13/2019 at 7:27 PM, ShoonyaSifar said:

Well deserved by Gill. He’s forced his way on the back of his performances. 

 

Hope he he does well in NZ and makes the establishment realise it’s folly of going with grandpas for their experience. Mayank’s success would have already shamed them a little bit.

 

Far fetched but Shaw, Gill, Pant all three in WC squad could be a distinct possibility now.

I won't mind Iyer also being part of the team. He can be an asset on batting highways.

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