Once trolled, Vijay Shankar now ready to turn it around


The 19-year old batsman has scored 790 runs for Punjab in the ongoing Ranji Trophy at a staggering average of 98.75.

"It is a big advantage (to be picked for the New Zealand tour)".

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

Vijay believes that India A team coach Dravid's decision to send him to bat at No 5 in New Zealand helped him immensely.

Speaking on his maiden call-up in the national side, Shubman Gill said, "It was a surprise call-up for me". Successful U-19 series' against England both at home and away further made him the talk of the town and the icing on the cake was his performance at the U-19 World Cup 2018. We went 2-3 weeks prior to the tournament and it helped me understand the conditions. "I missed an India-A tour of Australia some years ago because of an injury".

He has been following the recent matches of the senior Indian team, and it does feel surreal that he will be joining the same players soon.

"Of course, I dream to be part of India's World Cup squad". It won't be different game-wise or technique-wise, but how you handle yourself to bring out the best while playing on such a stage will be the main challenge.

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Shubman Gill couldn't wait to tell his parents when a flood of late-night messages confirmed he was bound for New Zealand with India's cricket team.

The Indian stars have been suspended from all forms of cricket pending an inquiry into what officials described as controversial comments on an India-based television show. His 728 runs this Ranji season have come at an astounding average of 104.

Less than 24 hours before India takes on Australia in the first of three one day internationals at the SCG, the tourists' final XI remains unknown after two players were accused of making inappropriate comments about women on a TV chat show.

"Abhi Rahul sir se baat nahin hui team selection ki. He was up as soon as I told him". At first, we all would feel enamoured by him but he made us comfortable and whenever we faced a issue in our batting, he would listen to us and also point out if something is not right. "I am timing the ball well and just feeling full of confidence in the middle at the moment", Gill said. After that, I have done well on "A" tours and the IPL.

Gill also revealed the excitement when he got to know the news of his selection.

"Our village is near the India-Pakistan global border".

On Friday, India captain Virat Kohli said the players' comments were not acceptable. "Today is also the festival of Lohri and it is the biggest gift for the whole village", the proud grandfather said.