The India vs New Zealand series is yet to get underway because rain washed out the first T20I at Wellington.
The Indian unit consists of many young players who have either made their debut for India in the shortest format or have yet to make one.
One such player has not made it to the T20I squad so far and will be eager to showcase his skills in the national side.
It is none other than Shubman Gill and he has proved in the IPL what a class player he is and can be handy at the top for India as well.
India’s senior wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik is also in favor of Gill making his debut for India in the shortest format.
The second T20I is at Bay Oval and it is going to be a historic moment for Gill.
Speaking to Cricbuzz, Karthik says,
You just get the feeling that it was inevitable after a player of his class and ability didn’t play T20 cricket for India. There were two things, one that competition is immense in India and the fact that you are needed to do more than expected and he’s come good in the last few months.
No praise is enough for him for the fact that we always highlight and speak about. It shows that we expect something big out of him. He is a big bucks player for the Gujarat Titans and he showed his mettle.
The series will also see the return of speedster Umran Malik and Sanju Samson to the Indian side but all eyeballs will be on skipper Hardik Pandya who is leading India for the second time in a series.
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