The MSK Prasad-led selection panel of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday announced the three Indian squads (ODIs, T20Is and Tests) for the upcoming tour of the West Indies which starts from August 3 in Florida. One of the major surprises of the squad is Shubman Gill not being the part of the tour.
Emerging cricketer Shubman Gill was surprisingly not included in the Indian team. Despite being considered one of the brightest prospects to emerge in recent times.
Gill made his presence felt in the latest edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Kolkata Knight Riders. And also, played match-winning knocks for India-A side. Certainly, it resulted in calls for his inclusion in the Indian squad for the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2019.
Shubman Gill scored 69 off 40 balls:
Shubman got technique and Patience to remain on the crease for long. And also, capable of taking on world-class bowlers. For India A, Gill has scored 1545 runs in 38 matches at an impressive average of 45.44.
Coming back to the topic, he smashed a brilliant 69 runs off just 40 balls in the 5th 50-over game against Windies. He blasted 8 boundaries and cleared fence for three times in his fantastic knock. His tally alongside Ruturaj’s 99 helped the team to chase down 236 runs in just 33 overs.
From current squad, in batting chart, Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey have been included in the team for the limited-overs series against the West Indies. Iyer is expected to be slotted into the contentious number four position. This would be the best chance to cement their places in the side.
Having just played 2 ODIs for India, Gill should have been selected in India’s squad against the West Indies in place of the struggling Kedar Jadhav, who had a poor World Cup for India