Shub­man Gill, the 2018 U-19 World Cup hero, has earned his maiden In­dia call along with all-rounder Vi­jay Shankar.

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Front Page -

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

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