Twitter Reactions: After Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill score whirlwind fifties, fans want them in India's T20I squad

Twitter Reactions: After Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill score whirlwind fifties, fans want them in India’s T20I squad

Shaw has made a resounding comeback after his backdated suspension.

Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill
Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The ongoing 2019-20 edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy is gradually moving the business end with the four semi-finalists already locked in. Four teams- Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Rajasthan and defending champions Karnataka- have made to the semi-finals and fans couldn’t be more excited. The last league stage fixture of Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament saw an insanely high-scoring encounter at the Lalbhai Contractor Stadium in Surat with Mumbai and Punjab going hammer and tongs against each other.

On a flat track and against hapless bowlers, the likes of Prithvi Shaw (53 off 27 balls), Suryakumar Yadav (80 off 35 balls), Shreyas Iyer (80* off 40 balls), Abhishek Sharma (47 off 29 balls) and Shubman Gill (78 off 38 balls) wreaked havoc. Coming into their last Super League encounter, Mumbai needed to win by a comprehensive margin to upstage the net run-rate of either Tamil Nadu or defending champions Karnataka.

And, Prithvi Shaw came with similar intent. The precociously talented right-handed teenage sensation made his intentions clear from the very beginning, shellacking the Punjab bowlers to all corners of the ground during his 27-ball 53- an innings which included four boundaries and four Brobdingnagian sixes. 

Is it time for Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill to make their way into the T20I set-up?

Shaw has made a resounding comeback after his backdated suspension to score another half-century and once again ignited the debate on social media as to why he should make his way to the Indian T20I set-up. Shaw’s efforts were ably taken forward by a swashbuckling partnership between Shreyas Iyer (80*) and Suryakumar Yadav (80) as Mumbai racked up a near-improbable target of 3-243 after 20 overs.

In a bid to leapfrog either of the top-two sides- Tamil Nadu or Karnataka- Mumbai needed to restrict Punjab within a fixed set of overs. However, on a flat batting track, another prodigious talent, Shubman Gill decided to show a glimpse of his batting ability after having endured a lean Super-League season by smoking a whirlwind 38-ball 78- an innings which included seven fours and five sixes.

Gill’s inning ensured that Mumbai couldn’t qualify into the semi-final but the fans can’t get enough of both him and Shaw and they want to the duo in the Indian T20I set-up, something they asserted on Twitter.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

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