Want to learn a lot from Virat Kohli: Shubman Gill

India's Hardik Pandya

India's Hardik Pandya

While Shankar will join the team before the start of the second One Day International (ODI) in Adelaide and will be a part of the squad for the ODI series in Australia and the tour to New Zealand, Gill has been picked only for the ODI and T20I series in New Zealand. "I am familiar with the conditions because I have just travelled there [with the India A squad]". He batted really well, a century in your very first innings, that too in global cricket...

The gifted batsman is familiar with the country: he led India to the Under-19 World Cup title a year ago when he was named man of the tournament, and returned with India A in November.

With the IPL season to begin on March 23, ahead of the World Cup in England, Shubman knows doing well in New Zealand and in the IPL will keep him in good stead. "We used to sit and think or discuss 'How will global cricket be?' And he has played with us, so watching him succeed we also get the confidence that we can do it as well". "His aggression, technique and fitness inspire me", said Shubman, who hopes to make his India debut in New Zealand, where he shone as an U-19 player. He went past 1,000 runs in just his 15th innings, and averages 77.78.

"I think batting at No. 7 [for KKR] was new to me, and I learnt a lot of things". They finished 324 for 8 in 57 overs. "I won't comment if he will make it to World Cup but he was phenomenal as an opener for India A in New Zealand", Prasad said.

That fact may also have to do with the new dimension to his game that he added during the season with Kolkata Knight Riders. "Often I watch Virat's batting videos on YouTube". I am in good nick and hitting the ball well. "My preference is the opening slot but if I am given an opportunity in the middle-order, I will try and maximise that chance".

Shubman had first hogged limelight when he made a world-record 587-run partnership with Nirmal Singh in Punjab and scored 351 runs in Punjab U-16 tournament. The selectors, who are looking at Shubman Gill as the reserve opener said that Rahul Dravid feels Gill is ready for worldwide cricket. "I used to play Under-14s when I was ten, then Under-16s when I was 13-14".

The comments were labelled "very crass" by the chairman of the country's highest cricketing body, Vinod Rai, who has called for a two-match ban for the two players.

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