India rising star Shubman Gill continues fine form in unofficial West Indies Test

Ajit Vijaykumar 15:40 26/07/2019
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Shubman Gill.

Up-and-coming batsman Shubman Gill was surprisingly overlooked for India’s tour of the West Indies, failing to find a place in any of the three teams.

It was a surprise call as 19-year-old Gill is not only the most promising batsman in the country, but also in good form. His omission surprised even former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who blasted the selectors for indecisive picks.

Gill himself said he expected to be selected for at least one format. “I was waiting for the Indian senior team to be announced on Sunday and I expected to be selected for at least one of the squads,” Gill was quoted as saying by CricketNext.

“It was disappointing not to get picked but I am not going to spend time thinking over it. I’ll keep scoring runs and performing to the best of my ability to impress the selectors.”

Putting the disappointment behind him, Gill put his focus back on batting and made another sizeable contribution. In the ongoing unofficial Test in the West Indies, Gill hit 40 in India A’s first innings at Antigua. That knock helped India take a decent first innings lead.

It was the fourth consecutive knock of substance from Gill, after he hit three fifties in the preceding one-day series against West Indies A which the Indians won 4-1.

Before that, in June, Gill had hit a one-day century against Sri Lanka A right after ending his IPL 2019 campaign for Kolkata Knight Riders with two fifties in three games.

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