A belated birthday reward – The Hindu

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For Shubman Gill, the largest and most respected birthday reward got here after 4 days — the call-up to the Indian Check squad for the collection towards South Africa.

The 20-year-old Punjab batsman celebrated his birthday on the eve of his captaincy debut towards the visiting South Africa-A, on Sept. eight.

Dream debut

Gill had a dream debut as captain, main India-A to a seven-wicket win towards South Africa-A. However even after the victory, the teen had appeared a tad disillusioned for having missed out on a century. It’s now a factor of the previous as he has damaged into the Check squad for the primary time.

“Getting chosen into the Check squad is a giant factor for any teen like me. I’m excited. I wouldn’t say I wasn’t anticipating it. However these are sure issues which you don’t wish to hassle you when you’re enjoying. Actually I used to be targeted on what I used to be doing on the cricket area,” he mentioned.

“The India-A captaincy was a giant honour for me. I’ve been studying on a regular basis. This has been a brand new expertise for me. I ought to thank the selectors for having religion in me,” he added.

The India-A coach Sitanshu Kotak wasn’t shocked with Gill’s choice. “The selectors had one thing of their thoughts once they made him the captain of the ‘A’ aspect.

“He did a very good job and confirmed maturity as captain. I’d be mendacity if I say I’m shocked at his choice. He has been scoring runs in all types of cricket, so he deserves it,” the previous Saurashtra batsman mentioned.