'I was expecting it' - Shubman Gill on Test call-up

Shubman Gill's consistency was rewarded as the selectors picked him in the 15-member squad for the upcoming three-Test series against South Africa.

Shubman Gill made his international debut in ODIs against New Zealand, earlier this year.   -  PTI Photo

For Shubman Gill the biggest and valuable birthday gift came after four days - call-up to the Indian Test squad for the three-match series against South Africa.

"Getting selected into the Test squad is a big thing for any youngster like me. I am excited. I wouldn't say I wasn't expecting it. But these are certain things which you don't want to bother when you are playing. Honestly, I was focussed on what I was doing on the cricket field," he said on Thursday.

Gill also had a dream debut as captain leading India A to a seven-wicket win against South Africa A. Although, he was disappointed on missing out on his century in the first innings, falling on 90.

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"The India A  captaincy was a big honour for me. I have been learning all the time. This has been a new experience for me. I should thank the selectors for having faith in me," he said.

However, the India A coach Sitanshu Kotak wasn't surprised with Gill's Test selection. "The selectors had something in their mind when they made him the captain of the A side. He did a good job and showed maturity as captain. I would be lying if I say I am surprised at his selection. He has been scoring runs in all forms of cricket do he deserves it," the former Saurashtra batsman said.