Shubman Gill disappointed at missing out on India selection for West Indies tour

Sudhir Gupta 08:40 24/07/2019
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India youngster Shubman Gill.

Promising young batsman Shubman Gill has expressed his disappointment at missing out on selection in India’s squad for the upcoming full tour of West Indies.

The 19-year-old is seen as one of the biggest batting talents in the country but he failed to find a place in either of the Test, ODI or T20 squads for the Caribbean tour.

“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 told CricketNext in an interview.

“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.”

The Punjab-born teenager was in scintillating form in India A’s recently concluded five-match one-day series against West Indies where he finished as the highest run-scorer. Gill struck 218 runs in four innings with the help of three half-centuries to lead India’s charge to a 4-1 series triumph in the Caribbean.

“It was a fantastic series for me and team as well since we won with a 4-1 margin,” he said.

“Personally, I would have liked to carry on and score at least a couple of hundreds in those fifties. But I will learn from this experience.

“The biggest lesson that I have learned from my first West Indies tour is to try to curb my natural game depending on the match condition.”

The right-hander will now be hoping to take his stellar form into the upcoming three-match red-ball series against West Indies A which begins in North Sound on Wednesday.

Gill’s rise from junior cricket has been a meteoric one with the youngster following up his U19 World Cup winning heroics for India with a terrific debut for Punjab in first-class cricket.

In just nine first-class matches for Punjab so far, he has managed to register nearly 1,100 runs at an average of more than 77. The teenager has also impressed for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL and has been capped twice at the ODI level for India previously.

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