India opening batsman Shubman Gill and pacer Shivam Mavi are set to make their international debut in the first T20I of the three-match series against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Tuesday. Hardik Pandya-led Team India are set to bat first in the first game after losing the toss. Mavi became the 100th player to play for Team India in the shortest format of the game while Gill became the 101st. As the news of Gill’s debut broke, Sara Ali Khan, Shubman’s rumored girlfriend started trending on Twitter.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Gill and Mavi’s debut –
Sara Ali Khan gave batting tips to Shubman Gill at Jaipur airport. Hope it works_#INDvSL #ShubmanGill #SaraAliKhan pic.twitter.com/QfXOuJhaJw— Virat Kohli Worldwide (@MamunTweets) January 3, 2023
congregations #shubmangill and #shivammavi
Debut team India pic.twitter.com/xkcKdZ02OR— ______ ________ (@rajpalydv10) January 3, 2023
Two Stars Of the 2018 U-19 World Cup!#cricket #INDvSL #IndianCricket #TeamIndia #ShubmanGill #ShivamMavi #HardikPandya pic.twitter.com/SE7xUr7AfO— Jega8 (@imBK08) January 3, 2023
@ShivamMavi23 100th India T20I player and @ShubmanGill 101st India T20I player – famous 2018 U-19 batch. Many congratulations to both..#BCCI #INDvSL #shubmangill #shivammavi #T20 #SanjuSamson pic.twitter.com/gjMRzyO4CP— Rudranath Thakur (@Rudranath98) January 3, 2023
Debutants __ All the best boys ___#INDvsSRILANKA #INDvsSL #shubmangill #shivammavi pic.twitter.com/J0CgsojjU5— Shivam Dubey (@ShivamDubey45) January 3, 2023
Congratulations _ bhai ___
Go well Shubman#shubmangill #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/8UMZkXwQlr— SHUBMAN__ (@Shubman_X77) January 3, 2023
Maiden T20 cap for shubman & mavi. What a proud moment for them. @KKRiders fans also feel proud for your achievement. Go well boys#TeamIndia #shubmangill #BCCI #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/cKHNgl7luWShayan Roy (@shayanrayy) January 3, 2023
#shivammavi #shubmangill #CricketTwitter
,@BCCI pic.twitter.com/rxBQCT4y79— Rajat Gupta (@Rajatgupta199) January 3, 2023
my boy @ShubmanGill Wishing Speedy Recovery To @RishabhPant17 ,#shubmangill #RishabhPant pic.twitter.com/Q2SrOu41Ww
— _____ (@BeingManas5) January 3, 2023
Playing XI for IND vs SL 1st T20I
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis(w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka
India (Playing XI): Ishan Kishan(w), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya(c), Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Shivam Mavi, Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal
Both team captains at toss
Hardik: To install Excited. Always been excited to play for the country, but obviously leading now makes it more special. Excited to see how this new bunch of guys express themselves. We were going to bat first. Yes this is a chasing ground but we want to put ourselves in more difficult situations generally in bilaterals. Anyone who comes here we will make sure we’ll give them the confidence. Two debutants today – Gill and Mavi. Arshdeep was not available.
Shanaka: Going to bowl first. Dew factor will be there later. We were doing well in T20Is except the World Cup. We are following the routines. Got the same batting line-up we had previously. Bowlers will be changed.