After the first T20I between New Zealand and India was rained out in Wellington, the caravan moved to Mount Maunganui where the second T20I got underway on Sunday, November 20.
Many expected opener Shubman Gill to make his T20I debut for India, but when Hardik Pandya revealed the India XI for the second match of the three-match series, and Gill’s name was missing. India instead went with Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan as their openers for the match.
Reacting to the team news, the presenter Gaurav Kapur asked former India cricketer Ashish Nehra about his absence and he came up with a stunning reply.
Shubman Gill has made his India foray into Tests and ODIs but was not considered for T20Is until now. This came after a good outing for Gujarat Titans in IPL 2022 under the captaincy of Pandya and the coaching of Ashish Nehra.
After the toss, where India lost and were put to bat first, presenter Gaurav Kapur said on Prime Video, “Thing is we wanted to see Ashish's boy, Shubman Gill make his debut today.”
Nehra replied saying, “He's India's boy.” Kapur continued with a witty response, “He's your boy. He's played more T20s for you than he has played for India”
Nehra opined, “He will play for India soon.”