Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill named replacements for Pandya, Rahul

Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill named replacements for Pandya, Rahul

Allrounder Vijay Shankar and batsman Shubman Gill will replace suspended cricketers KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya for India's upcoming tour of New Zealand.

The case is no different with the 19-year-old Shubman as the right-hander nearly slept off before a storm of WhatsApp messages came his way, with news of his selection to the Indian team, brightening up the mood in the Gill household. Also, young Gill has been in prolific form with the bat in the ongoing Ranji Trophy and this call-up is definitely one of for the future as he has already impressed nearly everyone who has seen him playing. "I am really looking forward to being in New Zealand with the team", he added.

Less than a week since India won its first-ever Test series in Australia, attended turns to the white-ball format of the game, with a a host of changes made for both sides. In the Ranji trophy also Shubman had an envious average of 98.75, where he scored 790 runs in 10 innings. "It will be a good series".

While Richardson is having his second run in the ODI side following four matches against England a year ago, for Behrendorff his debut marked a high point after a battle with a back injury which ruled him out of most of 2017-18.

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Deputy Editor Andrew arrived at ESPNcricinfo via Manchester and Cape Town, after finding the assistant editor at a weak moment as he watched England's batting collapse in the Newlands Test. Andrew began his cricket writing as a freelance covering Lancashire during 2004 when they were relegated in the County Championship. "But, with time, I will adapt and will be able to cope up with the demands and pressure", he said.

"Obviously, my all-time favourite is Sachin Tendulkar". I like his style, the way he carries himself and how he handles pressure.

"We are not very pleased with the way we played", Kohli said. We need to go out there and play cricket.

"If I get a hundred I want to make sure that we win the game as well". "Shubman Gill has been picked for the ODI and Twenty20 series in New Zealand".

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