U-19 World Cup star Shubman Gill and all-rounder Vija Shankar have been named as the replacement of KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya for the remaining ODI series against Australia and the upcoming tour of New Zealand. On Friday evening, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) suspended both the players, Hardik, and KL Rahul until further notice and has been sent home from the Australian tour.
It’s a maiden call-up for 19-year-old and is set to make his debut in the ODIs against the team like Australia. He has been in a good form in the domestic circuit, wherein he has smashed more than 1000 runs in 9 matches. In Ranji Trophy also he made his mark by slamming 790 runs in 10 innings at a massive average of 98.75. Earlier, it seemed Agarwal would be the choice for the selectors as he had a fairy-tale Test debut in the recently concluded four-match series against Australia, where he featured in the last two Tests and scored 195 runs off three innings, which laid the foundation of India’s mammoth innings.
Whereas, Shankar made his debut for India in the T20I format in Nidahas Trophy last year and has played five T20Is for India so far. The Tamil Nadu-based cricketer was the highest run-getter for India A in the tour of New Zealand, scoring 188 runs in the three ODI matches.
Meanwhile, Pandya and Rahul have been given seven days to offer an explanation about their alleged misconduct and indiscipline during the chat show to the BCCI.
Updated IND ODI Squad vs AUS: Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami
(With ANI Inputs)