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Shubman Gill's meteoric rise through the India ranks

Shubman Gill's meteoric rise through the India ranks

The pair will miss the entire three-match ODI series in Australia, which started on Saturday at the SCG, followed by the tour of New Zealand.

Gill's first call-up to the national squad may have come in unexpected circumstances - with India forced to replace Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul - but it's something Indian cricket watchers had expected would happen, sooner rather than later.

There is an uncanny similarity in the way Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli play some of their shots. He had recently scored a brilliant 268 while playing for his state team Punjab while playing against Tamil Nadu.

On the other hand, Gill has shown the promise to be the future of Indian cricket.

"Yesterday, I was watching the India-Australia ODI on television and now to think that I will be a part of the dressing room with players like Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni is like a dream for me".

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At Gill's native village Chak Khere Wala near the India-Pakistan border in Ferozepur district of Punjab, his grandfather Didar singh Gill has just returned from his day at the farms and the selection news means the octogenarian has something to share with his local friends. I was nervous actually on Saturday night when I started getting calls asking about my possible selection. The messages started pouring in and I rushed to tell my father.

Pandya and Rahul's recent appearance on Indian talk show "Koffee with Karan", during which the former detailed how he bragged to his parents about losing his virginity, created a storm in their homeland. In Ranji Trophy also he made his mark by slamming 790 runs in 10 innings at a massive average of 98.75. It is believed that Gill's penchant to play the ball late will help him in the conditions Down Under and the one way he differs from many of his contemporaries - seniors and juniors alike - is that his batting is much more graceful and stylish.

"It's always good to be selected when you are in form".

Talking about the call-up, Gill said, "It was a surprise call-up for me". Shankar will join the squad for the 2nd ODI. Between that and his imminent trip to New Zealand as part of the senior team, the top-order batsman showed he could also play finisher, even on a stage as big as the IPL, and has built a first-class record so good that he's about to become an worldwide cricketer almost 14 months after making his first-class debut. Gill also gave credit to his India A and Under-19 coach Rahul Dravid. If I get an opportunity, I will have just need to handle the pressure that comes with playing for India. The youngster will like to grab his opportunity with both hands if he is presented with a chance in the playing XI. The pitches in New Zealand have assistance for the paceman, so the defence needs to be tight early in the innings.