Opener Shubman Gill, who was included in the Indian Test team for the first time for the Test series against South Africa, has said that it is a matter of pride for him to play for the country. Gill has been included in the 15-man squad in place of opener KL Rahul for the three-match Test series against South Africa.
Gill wrote on Twitter that it was a matter of pride for him to play for the country whether blue or white jersey. “Be it blue or white. It has always been an honor for me to represent my country.”
Gill has received the award for his consistent performance. Gill is currently in Thiruvananthapuram where he led India A to victory in the first unofficial Test match against South Africa A. Gill scored 90 runs in the first innings of this match.
Gill also scored a brilliant double-century against Windies-A. Gill had scored 204 runs facing 248 balls. Gill has scored 1,443 runs in 14 first-class matches, averaging 72.15.
During this time his highest score was 268. In 2018-19, he was the highest run-scorer for his team in the Ranji Trophy. He scored 728 runs at an average of 104.
Gill, however, has played ODIs for India. He made his ODI debut in New Zealand earlier this year. In the two ODIs played so far, he has scored only two runs.
The three-match Test series between India and South Africa will begin in Visakhapatnam. The first match will be played between October 2 and 6. Pune will host the second Test match from 10 to 14 October. The third Test will be played in Ranchi from 19 to 22 October.