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  • India vs New Zealand: Shubman Gill replaces Kohli, becomes India’s 227th player in ODIs

    first_imgShubman Gill became the 227th ODI player for India when he was handed his maiden India cap by MS Dhoni in Hamilton on Thursday. Gill, who replaced KL Rahul in the Indian squad for the tour of New Zealand, is a 19-year-old top-order batsman from Punjab and made his mark during India’s successful Under-19 World Cup campaign in 2018.This is a special moment for Shubman Gill. It was here in New Zealand that he made his mark with 372 runs as India, led by Prithivi Shaw, lifted the U-19 World Cup for the fourth time. A year and one day ago, Gill had scored a fine 102 not out in India’s victory over Pakistan in the Under-19 World Cup.India vs New Zealand 4th ODI: Live Cricket ScoreOn Thursday, Shubman Gill replaced India skipper Virat Kohli in the playing XI. India have taken an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series and Kohli has been rested for the final two ODIs and the T20I series against New Zealand”Shubman Gill has shown a lot of promise, he has played here and was the Man of the Series in the U-19 World Cup (2018). Highly rated and we wanted to see what he could offer to the team,” stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma said at the toss.Proud moment for young @RealShubmanGill as he receives his #TeamIndia cap from @msdhoni #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/2oRc4ozwZqBCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2019Since his exploits in the Under-19 World Cup, Shubman Gill has been in the news with his consistency elsewhere. He was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders last year and went on to score 203 runs for them with a best of 57 not out.advertisementShubman Gill has also proven himself in first-class cricket. He has 1089 runs from nine matches including a classy 268 against Tamil Nadu.Born on September 8, 1999, Shubman Gill epitomises the new breed of Indian cricketers. Consistent, sharp and agile, Gill is a fan of Virat Kohli and credits the India captain for changing the trends in the team.The debutant @RealShubmanGill all smiles with his teammates #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/8xusQXbaohBCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2019″I think because of him, a lot of trends have changed in Team India. Fitness levels have changed for most players, and India is one of the best fielding sides in the world right now,” Gill had told kkr.in recently.”All these things are very important. When your role is purely of a batsman or a bowler, it’s possible that two out of five games, you could fail to impress. So you need to find other ways to contribute to your team. These are really important aspects of cricket,” Gill said.The appreciation is mutual. Shortly after India clinched the ODI series on Monday, Virat Kohlli heaped praise on Shubman Gill: “Shubman is a very exciting talent and I saw him bat in the nets and I was like wow I was not even 10 per cent of that when I was 19.”Also Read | India vs New Zealand: Rohit Sharma 14th Indian to appear in 200 ODIslast_img read more