Shubman Gill Scores Half-Century Ahead Of Team Selection, No Prithvi Shaw In Playing XI
Shubman Gill sent a timely reminder to the national selection panel with a fluent 83 off 83 on day 1 of the first unofficial Test between India A and New Zealand A. Surprisingly, there was no Prithvi Shaw in the playing XI, which clearly means that he might not be part of the Test squad for the international series.
With as many as four openers present in the playing XI, Gill walked out to bat after Abhimanyu Easwaran, Mayank Agarwal and Priyank Panchal. Agarwal was dismissed on a duck in the third over. Easwaran was well settled but was dismissed on eight off 39. Panchal too had set a platform for a big innings but managed 18 off 47.
The visitors were reeling at 34/3 when Gill and captain Hanuma Vihari (51) joined forces. The duo added 119 runs for the fourth wicket. Gill, dismissed in 46th over, missed out on a well-deserved century.
Shaw’s exclusion from the playing XI was the biggest highlight as he was only available for the first unofficial Test – he is a part of ODI squad and will not play the second Test. It suggests that the selection committee will pick either of KL Rahul and Gill as the third opener for the two-match series.
Rahul is in brilliant form in white-ball cricket but Gill has pressed his case with a half-century. He was a part of the Test squad for the five home Tests in 2019 but wasn’t handed a debut cap. It is confirmed that Rohit Sharma and Mayank will open the innings at least in the first Test. The selection committee names the squad in a few days.
Talking of the match, India were dismissed for 216 in 54.1 overs. Pacer Michael Rae took a four-fer while Cole McConchie scalped three wickets. In reply, New Zealand were 105/2 at stumps. Will Young, who was to play his first Test almost a year ago, is batting on 26 and will hope to make big scores to force his return into the national team.
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