"I have to show that I deserve this chance" - Shubman Gill reflects on his T20I selection

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Shubman Gill is yet to play T20I cricket. (Credits: Getty)

Indian batter Shubman Gill is keen to show selectors that he deserves to play T20I cricket following a call-up for the upcoming New Zealand tour. The young prodigy was also happy with his innings against Karnataka in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy quarter-final on Tuesday, November 1.

Gill hammered 126 off only 55 deliveries against Karnataka in the quarter-finals at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The Punjab batter clobbered 11 fours and nine sixes as they amassed a match-winning total of 225.

Reflecting on his selection for the T20 series in New Zealand, he said, as quoted by the Indian Express:

"It is a good feeling to get selected for the Indian team in any format. Now I have to show that I deserve this chance."
Squad for NZ T20Is:Hardik Pandya (C), Rishabh Pant (vc & wk), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Surya Kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson (wk), W Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Mohd. Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik.

With KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma rested, the 23-year-old is likely to open the innings. He is likely to partner with wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan in New Zealand.

"It’s an important milestone for me, especially when it has come at the Eden" - Shubman Gill on his 55-ball 126

Shubman Gill. (Image Credits: Twitter)
Shubman Gill. (Image Credits: Twitter)

The youngster also felt privileged to score well at Eden Gardens and believes that he handled the situation well at the venue compared to the previous occasion. He added:

"It’s an important milestone for me, especially when it has come at the Eden. Especially as an opener when you spend time on the pitch and make runs, it gives a lot of confidence.
"On this pitch, you find seam movement early on during the powerplay. Later, it becomes easier to bat. I made a mistake in the previous match and went for a big shot instead of waiting for the right time. So, I wanted to take my time. Feels good to have executed the plan well."
πŸ’― for @ShubmanGill! πŸ‘ πŸ‘What a cracking knock this has been from the right-hander in the #QF1 of the #SyedMushtaqAliT20! πŸ‘Œ πŸ‘Œ #KARvPUN | @mastercardindia Follow the match ▢️…

Gill was in solid nick for the Gujarat Titans in IPL 2022. He mustered 483 runs in 16 games at 34.50 with a strike rate of 132.32 and played an integral role in helping them lift the title in their debut season.

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