Not expecting my selection news at midnight, says Shubman Gill
MUMBAI, JAN 13: Shubman Gill was not expecting a call for the New Zealand tour and "certainty not just after midnight" on Saturday.
"I was shocked and it was a pleasant surprise indeed. Generally, I go to bed at 10.30 pm, but was not getting sleep yesterday night and was awake till 1.00 AM when a my mobile rang. The caller, my friend, conveyed the good news", he said, speaking exclusively over telephone.
"I was so overjoyed with the news that I could not resist the temptation of waking my father (Lakhwinder Singh), who was at fast sleep",
The 19-year-old right-handed top order batsman does not think too much about the fact that his selection in the team is only because of BCCI's decision to suspend Lokesh Rahul (and Hardik Pandya) for their derogatory remarks on women on a TV show.
"Well, I can't comment on their behavior. But when selectors have posed confidence in me, I will try to justify my selection. My last year experience in New Zealand for two tours (Under-19 and India A tour) will benefit. If I get a chance to play in the final XI, I will try my best to perform", he added.
Shubman Gill's father, Lakhwinder was too excited with the selection of his son.
Interestingly, the father wanted to become a cricketer but could not fulfill his dream but now hopes his son achieves success.
"My father is my "coach". He has been my motivator and whatever I have achieved is due to him", Shubman added.
"My father owns agricultural lands in Fazilka, Punjab. He would often hire the labours to throw balls at me and give me batting practice", Shubman recalls.
Gill's father, later speaking exclusively, said, "Shubman was so passionate about cricket since the age of three that he always used to sleep with a bat and ball. Kids of that age would play with toys but his dream has always remained to be a cricketer".
Shubman's mother Keart Gill is a housewife, where as sister Shahneel is studying in Canada.
"Yes my selection news has been conveyed to her in Canada and not only she wished me but told me to grab this opportunity to cement my place in the senior team", Shubman concluded.
"He is a student of 12th standard but has not been able to give Open Board examinations".