The Indian is facing another injury scare as Shubman Gill has been taken for scans after copping a blow while fielding on Day 3 of the second Test between India and England at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
The opener was fielding at the short leg position when he was hit on his left forearm by an attempted sweep from one of the visiting batsmen. While Gill continued fielding yesterday, the BCCI, on Tuesday, has confirmed that the 21-year-old will not take the field on Day 4 and is been taken for a precautionary scan. The BCCI medical team will monitor him.
“Shubman Gill sustained a blow on his left forearm while fielding on Day 3 of the 2nd Test. He has been taken for a precautionary scan. The BCCI Medical Team is assessing him. He won’t be fielding today,” the BCCI tweeted.
UPDATE – Shubman Gill sustained a blow on his left forearm while fielding on Day 3 of the 2nd Test. He has been taken for a precautionary scan. The BCCI Medical Team is assessing him. He won't be fielding today.#INDvENG pic.twitter.com/ph0GJsqpFi
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 16, 2021
India have Mayank Agarwal as a replacement if Shubman Gill isn’t fit for the third Test
Although there is a week’s time for the beginning of the third Test match in Ahmedabad, which is a Day-Night affair to be played with the pink-ball. However, in case, Shubman Gill doesn’t recover completely from the injury, the hosts do have an able replacement for Shubman Gill in Mayank Agarwal.
While Shubman Gill replaced Prithvi Shaw in Australia and is now India’s first-choice opener to pair with Rohit Sharma, Agarwal warmed the bench for the first couple of Tests against England and was occasionally seen as a fielding substitute.
Agarwal played in three Tests in Australia – he was dropped from the Sydney Test as Rohit Sharma returned to the side – as was dropped from the Chennai Test match as Virat Kohli returned to the eleven.
The Punjab-born opener has had a terrific and promising start to his Test career – 3 fifties in 5 Test at an average of 39 – and his 91 in Brisbane set up the chase for India to win the match and the series in Australia.
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