Shubman, Vijay To Replace KL Rahul & Hardik Pandya In ODI Series Against Aus & NZ

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| January 13 , 2019 , 13:10 IST

The 20- year old Shubman Gill is all set to make his debut in ODI's as Shubman Gill and Vijay Shankar have been called up to India’s white-ball squads in place of the suspended duo of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul.

Rahul and Pandya were axed ahead of India's opening one-day international against Australia in Sydney on Saturday and sent back to home for an investigation into the comments made on a TV celebrity show.

BCCI said in a statement, "Vijay Shankar will join the team before the start of the 2nd ODI in Adelaide. He will be a part of the squad for the ODI series in Australia and the tour to New Zealand. Shubman Gill has been picked for the ODI and Twenty20 series in New Zealand."

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Gill is a middle-order batsman who was the Player of the Tournament for India during the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2018 and has only gone from strength to strength since then.

His Ranji Trophy form has been stunning, with his average for the season standing at 103, while he has an average of 47.72 from 37 List A games.

Shankar is a seam-bowling all-rounder, and while he didn’t set the world alight on his first foray into international cricket, he has impressed for India A.

He was the side’s leading run-scorer in their recent series against New Zealand A and has an average of 48.55 from 14 India A 50-over games.

Earlier, Pandya and Rahul were suspended due to their shameful comments over women on a celebrity talk show 'Koffee With Karan'.