FAZILKA’S YOUNG GUN IN TEAM INDIA
Shubman Gill, the 2018 U-19 World Cup hero, has earned his maiden India call along with all-rounder Vijay Shankar.
Gill, who plays for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy, and Shankar will replace the suspended duo of KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya. While Shankar is a like-for-like replacement for Pandya, Gill replaces Rahul in the squad for the five ODIs and three T20s in New Zealand.
The inclusion of the highly-rated Gill in the Indian team was a matter of time but he has got his big break sooner than he expected.
The top-order batsman is in sublime form and scored 790 runs for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy, averaging 98.75. He was also named player of the tournament following India’s win in the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand last year.
KABUL : Five people were killed in clashes between the police and gunmen who attacked a police station in Afghanistan’s western Herat province, officials said. Two gunmen who stormed the building killed three policemen, a civilian and a child, the spokesman for Herat provincial governor, Jailani Farhad, said, adding that four policemen were also wounded before the attackers were killed. Members of the Afghan National Security Forces seized a vehicle packed with explosives from the attack site. No militant group claimed responsibility.
Viraat ‘paaji’ is a tremendous cricketer who has set high standards. I’m so excited to play under his captaincy. His aggression, technique and fitness inspire me. -Shubman Gill