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New Zealand vs India: 3 reasons why Shubman Gill will make his debut in the ODI series

Badal Pareek
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4.14K   //    29 Jan 2019, 22:35 IST

England U19's v India U19's - 5th ODI
England U19's v India U19's - 5th ODI

Will India's latest prodigy make it into the playing XI for the remainder of the series against the Kiwis? There is a rumor in the air that Shubman Gill might make his debut in the 4th ODI against New Zeland.

Gill is one of the upcoming sensations in Indian cricket who has the potential to make a name for himself in the world. All the attention in the recent past has been focused on Prithvi Shaw, who has dominated in senior cricket ever since his debut. But similar is the caliber of this 19-year-old sensation, as he has impressed one and all with his consistent performances.

Gill is a middle-order batsman who first made his mark in the 2018 ICC U-19 World Cup with 418 runs at an average of 104.50. He served as Shaw's most dependable weapon who batted at No. 3 and played a crucial role in cementing India's record fourth U-19 World Cup title.

Gill was named the Player of the Tournament in that very edition. He was a favorite in the 2018 IPL auctions and was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 1.8 crore. Here is why Indian cricket's newest teen prodigy can be handed a debut in the ongoing tour of New Zealand.


#1 Virat Kohli rested for the final 2 ODIs

New Zealand v India - ODI Game 3
New Zealand v India - ODI Game 3

Virat Kohli has been rested for the final two ODIs of the series against the Kiwis, which the visitors have already won as they have an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the 5 match series.

The absence of Kohli from the remainder of the series is not at all a worry for team India as they have a solid batting unit. His absence may create room for the inclusion of Gill who has played at the same spot for the Indian Under-9 squad and has shown great potential in the domestic circuit.

Since India has already sealed the series, they may rest their senior men which may result in an opportunity for the young gun.

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