Shubman Gill, Karun Nair In The Fray For Test Call-Ups for SA Tests

Shubman Gill, Karun Nair In The Fray For Test Call-Ups Against South Africa; Wriddhiman Saha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Unlikely To Be Included: Reports

Shubman Gill, New Zealand vs India A

Shubman Gill and Karun Nair are in the fray to be named the Test squad for the upcoming South Africa series, a report in Mumbai Mirror suggests. While Gill has been in fine form for India A in the four-day format, Nair recently shone in the Duleep Trophy.

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On the tour of West Indies, Gill scored 244 runs for India A in two unofficial Tests with highest-score of 204*. Although he did not get enough runs in five-match one-day series against South Africa A, Gill scored 95 runs in the first unofficial Test to push for his Test selection.

He was on one of the contenders for a spot in the squad for the series against West Indies but missed the cut. He now finds himself in the fray for selection in the Test squad.

India Red, Karun Nair

Nair, on his part, did well for in the Duleep Trophy. He started off with a 99 for India Red and followed up with 166*, 90 and 20. One of the two Indian batsmen to score a triple-century in Test format, Nair played his last Test against Australia in 2017.

One of Gill and Nair could come in for Wriddhiman Saha. The comeback man hasn’t done anything wrong to miss out on section but with Rishabh Pant set to keep wickets in the three-Test matches, Saha will not be getting his chance in the series.

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In his absence, Rishabh did exceptionally, especially in England and Australia, that has seen him fix his spot in playing XI for a long time now.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar promoted to group A contract
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Bhuvneshwr Kumar could also miss out on selection. A report in TOI has suggested that he is undergoing strength and condition training at NCA. The right-arm pacer hasn’t played a Test since South Africa series in January 2018.

When he made his comeback for Asia Cup, Bhuvneshwar was rested for home Tests against West Indies but failed to make a comeback into playing XI on his return.

KL Rahul is highly likely to be dropped from the Test side with Rohit Sharma set to bat as an opener in the longest format of the game. No other changes are expected to be made.