Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were left out ahead of India’s opening one-day international against Australia in Sydney on Saturday and now thrown out of the series too
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Sunday, called up all-rounder Vijay Shankar and batsman Shubman Gill for Team India’s Australia and New Zealand tours after KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya were ordered to go back home in disgrace over comments made about women on a TV chat show.
Rahul and Pandya were thrown out of team ahead of India’s opening one-day international against Australia in Sydney on Saturday, which the tourists lost by 34 runs,
An investigation is going on by the BCCI over the comments made on a TV celebrity show Coffe with Karan”, BCCI has asked KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya to return from Australia.
While the All-India Senior Selection Committee has decided to send all-rounder Vijay Shankar & batsman Shubman Gill as replacements,” the BCCI said in a release.
“Vijay Shankar will join the team before the start of the 2nd ODI in Adelaide, the BCCI said, referring to the second match of the three-ODI series. 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. Gill is yet to make his international debut while Shankar has just five T20I caps to his name.
Gill is a middle-order batsman who was the Player of the Tournament for India during the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2018. 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.