Indian opener Shubman Gill has likely been ruled out of the Test series against England as a stress injury has been too much to comeback from. Shubman Gill was already in doubt for the series as the stress injury probably erupted during the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. He returned home as per his official Instagram handle, where he posted a couple of stories.
According to a few reports that emerged earlier, Prithvi Shaw could have been Shubman Gill’s replacement. But the BCCI had confirmed it would not send any replacement as the squad already had two possible options. Despite his underwhelming performance in the ongoing warm-up game against the County Select XI, Mayank Agarwal remains the frontrunner to open the innings against England. Mayank’s position is likely confirmed at the top of the order with the 21-year old’s departure.
Former Indian cricketers, including Kapil Dev, expressed unhappiness about the rumours surrounding Shaw’s comeback to the longest format. Kapil Dev remarked that with two good opening batsmen in KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal in the squad already, the youngster should not be required and it would be humiliating to the initial group of players.
Shubman Gill’s Test career started in the tour of Australia last year:
Shubman Gill made his Test debut against Australia last year in Melbourne and played an integral role in their Test series victory. After a productive tour of Australia, Shubman Gill could not replicate the same run-scoring spree at home against England.
The right-handed batsman managed only 119 runs in four Tests at 19.83 and notably was troubled by James Anderson. Hence, Gill could have struggled in England, where Anderson is highly effective and could run through any batting line-up. The youngster started well against New Zealand in both innings in the WTC final; however, he could not carry on to notch a big score.