The first T20I between India and New Zealand was abandoned due to rain. Shubman Gill, who has travelled with the squad, is expected to debut in the shortest format. Veteran wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik feels Gill has potential, and it was only a matter of time before he earned a national call-up in T20Is.
He has represented India in Test cricket and one-day internationals but is yet to don the Indian jersey in the slam-bang version.
“It was inevitable for a player of his class and talent. The competition and the fact that you are needed to do more than expected delayed his debut in this format. However, he has been good in the last few months,” Karthik said to Cricbuzz.
Karthik said scoring runs for the Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League (IPL) helped the young batsman.
“No praise is enough for him and is a big bucks player for the Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League,” he added.
Karthik played with Gill during their association with Kolkata Knight Riders.