Indian opener Mayank Agarwal ruled out of the 1st test against England
Indian opener Mayank Agarwal ruled out of the 1st test against England. (Photo: BCCI)

Indian opener Mayank Agarwal has been ruled out of the first Test of the five-match Test series between England and India which is all set to begin from August 04. The first of the five-Test matches was set to be played at Nottingham from August 04 and Mayank Agarwal has now been ruled out of the first game.

Notably, the India National Cricket Team is dealing with a lot of injury blows even before the England series has begun. Earlier, fast bowler, Avesh Khan, opener Shubman Gill, and all-rounder Washington Sundar have all been ruled out of the five-match Test series due to injuries sustained in training and practice games.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. Image Credits: Twitter

Mayank Agarwal Ruled Out Of The England vs India Nottingham Test

Taking into consideration the injury blows ahead of the series, the BCCI decided to fly Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav to England as injury replacements. However, due to a massive COVID explosion in the Indian camp in Sri Lanka, Shaw and Yadav’s departure got delayed and now they will be able to join the team only from the second Test.

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal was hit by a Mohammed Siraj bouncer during a net session [Image-Twitter]
It has been informed by the BCCI that Mayank Agarwal was hit on the helmet while batting during India’s nets session at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Monday. The BCCI Medical Team assessed him, and a concussion test was conducted. He has shown signs of concussion and is ruled out of the opening Test against England. The 30-year-old is stable and will remain under close medical observation.

Team India Will Now Have To Experiment With The Batting Order

The India National Cricket Team will now have to experiment with the batting order now with only Rohit Sharma being available as the regular opener in the squad. KL Rahul might thus open the innings for the Indian Cricket Team and Cheteshwar Pujara might be given a go-ahead in the first XI of the first Test.

India National Cricket Team
India National Cricket Team. Image Credits: BCCI

A stance on Ajinkya Rahane’s fitness hasn’t been cleared and in such a scenario, the Indian Cricket Team might have to go ahead with Hanuma Vihari in the playing XI of the first Test between the two sides. The Test series will also kickoff the second edition of the ICC World Test Championship.

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