19-year-old Shubman Gill is all set to make his senior national team debut on Thursday when India and New Zealand meet in Hamilton for the fourth ODI in the ongoing five-match series.Gill, who was included in the squad after KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya were sent home over the Koffee With Karan controversy, is set to take captain Virat Kohli’s place in the playing XI. Kohli was rested for the last two ODIs and the upcoming T20I series, starting February 6.India are expected to make a couple of changes to the match-winning XI from the third ODI as MS Dhoni is unlikely to return for the Hamilton tie. The India wicketkeeper-batsman had missed the third ODI in Mount Maunganui with a sore hamstring.Dhoni was spotted training in Hamilton on Wednesday but the team management is opting for a cautious approach and wants him to completely recover from the injury ahead of a hectic limited-overs season, India Today has learnt.Dhoni was in fine form in India’s historic 2-1 win over Australia as he hit three back-to-back half-centuries and won the Man of the Series award. In the only innings (second ODI in Mount Maunganui) he has played in New Zealand, Dhoni made a 33-ball unbeaten 48.In Dhoni’s absence, Dinesh Karthik will continue the wicket-keeping duties and Shubman Gill comes into the XI as a top-order batsman. It remains to be seen where Gill will bat on Thursday as Ambati Rayudu may get a promotion to No. 3 spot.advertisementShubman Gill was one of the stars of India’s U-19 World Cup win in 2018. The young Punjab batsman has gone on to impress at the domestic level and A tours. He scored 728 runs, including a classy double ton, from five matches at an average of 104.00 in the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season.Speaking to India Today, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar insisted Shubman Gill get opportunities in New Zealand.”Well because the No.3 spot is vacant, I would want to give Shubman Gill a game, give him a couple of games and see how he fares. If he gets to bat, you will get a fair idea how he is taking to international cricket,” Gavaskar said.Captain Virat Kohli had also heaped praise on Shubman Gill while talking up the rich assembly line of youngsters waiting for their opportunities in the senior national team.”I think there are some outstanding talents. We saw Prithvi Shaw grab the opportunity with both hands. Shubman is a very exciting talent and I saw him bat in the nets and I was like wow I was not even 10 percent of that when I was 19,” Kohli had said earlier this week.Gill had said his heart had started beating faster when he received the news of his maiden India call-up earlier this month.”It was late in the night. My heart started beating faster. The messages started pouring in and I rushed to tell my father. It was a special moment,” said Gill.Also Read | Wasn’t even 10 per cent of what Shubman Gill is when I was 19: Virat KohliAlso Read | Rohit Sharma becomes cameraman as Yuzvendra Chahal interviews India’s young brigadeAlso See:
Jamaicans are being urged to begin preparations for the dry period, by increasing water storage and conservation measures. The advice, from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), comes against the forecast for below normal rainfall for the next three months. The dry spell usually begins in January and Director General of ODPEM, Ronald Jackson, said the public should make preparations now before an actual drought. “Typically, every January, we are faced with the beginning of a dry spell in our country, which is usually what we call the primary dry period. We are asking the public that even before the Met Office (Meteorological Service) declares a drought that they begin to practise certain mitigation measures and also preparedness measures, well in advance of such a declaration, because we are trying to promote a culture of prevention and readiness,” he said during an interview with JIS News. Mr. Jackson said mitigation methods include water conservation, rainwater harvesting and proper storage of water. “This will certainly assist us going through the proposed dry period,” he added. He said that the dry period is expected to last until the month of May leading into June.