Time seems to be running well for 19-year-old Shubman Gill who received his maiden call-up for the Indian cricket team’s tour to New Zealand later this January. He along with all-rounder Vijay Shankar was added to the Indian squad, as replacements for KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya who have been sent back to India after their suspension by BCCI.
Shubman will return to New Zealand where he was named the player of the tournament during India’s successful U-19 World Cup campaign last year.
Post the tournament, he has had a rapid rise that saw him make runs for India ‘A’ and for Punjab in the domestic circuit. Shubman also managed to bag an IPL contract for the first time when he was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders and the fruitful 12-month period has culminated in a maiden call-up to the senior side.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Congrats @RealShubmanGill for making it to the Indian team 🇮🇳 don't think anyone deserved it more than you 👏 chaa jaa mundya ☝️rab mehar Kare 🙏
— Mandeep Singh (@mandeeps12) January 13, 2019
Many Many Congrats @RealShubmanGill No1 Deserved it More dan u…Playing Lakhs of Balls in Practise has Finally Paid Off ✌️⭐️Keep Going 😊
— Gitansh Khera (@Gitanshkhera) January 13, 2019
If the news that Shubman Gill is selected for India is true; it’s an excellent move. He is a special talent and it is prudent that he jumps the long queue of excellent young batsmen while he is in good form.
— ian bishop (@irbishi) January 12, 2019
Great point Bish. Hugely talented. It will be interested to see who steps ahead over time Prithvi Shaw Or Shubman Gill. https://t.co/4rF7SRIOM5
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) January 12, 2019
#ShubmanGill, the new golden boy of Indian cricket,after a fantastic Ranji season should prove to be an asset for India in the ODI series. He needs to thank his magic wand and #KaranJohar. pic.twitter.com/uszkWxMALa
— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) January 13, 2019
Delighted for Shubman Gill, an excellent pick. Is an opener in every sense, hits them crisp, plays fearlessly and has immense belief.
— Shashank Kishore (@captainshanky) January 12, 2019
So excited for #ShubmanGill. Have always said that he's much more impressive than Prithvi Shaw. This may just end up as being a tour where he only ferries drinks, but it's a matter of time before he's making runs at the highest level.
— Snehal Pradhan (@SnehalPradhan) January 12, 2019
— Ajay Ratra (@ajratra) January 13, 2019
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) January 13, 2019
Maiden Call-Up!🇮🇳@RealShubmanGill will be returning to New Zealand where he was named the player of the tournament in India's glorious U-19 World Cup in 2018, this time for #TeamIndia 💙#ShubmanGill #KorboLorboJeetbo 💜 pic.twitter.com/SCZp2UxoQW
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) January 13, 2019
— Venky Mysore (@VenkyMysore) January 13, 2019