Dinesh Karthik praises Shubman Gill after selection in New Zealand T20Is: India expect something big out of him

Shubman Gill made his debut for India back on the 2019 tour of New Zealand and has already played ODI and T20I cricket. But he is yet to make his debut in T20Is.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Nov 18, 2022 18:53 IST

India expect something big out of him: Karthik praises Gill after selection in NZ T20Is. Courtesy: PTI

India expect something big out of him: Karthik praises Gill after selection in NZ T20Is. Courtesy: PTI

By India Today Web Desk: Veteran wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik reckoned that Shubman Gill has a lot of potential and it was only a matter of time before he earned a national call-up in T20Is. The right-handed Gill made his international debut way back in 2019, but is yet to don the Indian colours in the shortest format of the game.

However, the Fazilka-born batter has a chance of making his T20I debut in India’s ongoing T20I series against Kane Williamson’s New Zealand. The opening game of the three-match series on Friday, November 18 couldn’t take place after relentless rain played spoilsport.

“You just get the feeling that it was inevitable after a player of his class and ability didn’t play T20 cricket for India. There were two things, one that competition is immense in India and the fact that you are needed to do more than expected and he’s come good in the last few months,” Karthik was quoted as saying to Cricbuzz.

Karthik said scoring runs for the Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League (IPL) helped Shubman gain some momentum.

“No praise is enough for him for the fact that we always highlight and speak about. It shows that we expect something big out of him. He is a big bucks player for the Gujarat Titans and he showed his mettle,” he added.

Back in 2018, Gill was also impressive in New Zealand during the U19 World Cup, where he was the second-highest run-scorer. He also racked up a century against Pakistan in the semi-final.

After the abandoned first T20I, the second match of the series is scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 20 at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

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