Indian opener Prithvi Shaw middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav and off-spinner Jayant Yadav are likely to fly to England as replacements for the injured Indian players. The Indian team management requested for two openers and one off-spinner as replacements for the three injured players. The five-match Test series against England begins on the 4th of August in Nottingham.
The three injured players from the contingent are Shubman Gill, Avesh Khan, and Washington Sundar. Washington Sundar, like Avesh Khan, sustained a finger injury while playing for the County Select XI against India in the practice game in Durham. Both of them played for the County Select XI as ECB requested reinforcements.
Opener Shubman Gill has already returned home as the strain on his left leg forced him to miss the series. The youngster had already been in doubt and did not play the warm-up game against the County Select XI. Mayank Agarwal would most likely be Rohit Sharma’s opening partner. Nevertheless, the BCCI denied any replacement for Gill earlier even as Shaw remained in contention.
India’s vice-captain carrying a hamstring injury:
Meanwhile, India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is reportedly carrying a hamstring issue, which is the reason for the tourists requested Suryakumar Yadav. The men in blue did not ask for a like-for-like replacement for the injured Avesh Khan as they felt there are enough fast bowlers in the party.
Meanwhile, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav have been in sublime form in Sri Lanka, where they played an integral role in the ODI series victory. As for Jayant Yadav, he is currently in India and the all-rounder played the last of his four Tests back in 2017.