India opener Shubman Gill has been deemed fit to play in the UAE leg of the IPL 2021 after he had completed his recovery of the injured shin of his left leg, which had ruled him out of the ongoing Test series against England.
“Gill is in the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and has recovered from his shin pain. He will be departing for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) soon for the IPL. He has been at the NCA for a week now,” a source in the know of development told IANS.
This news will a shot in the arm for the Knight Riders who are sitting at the 7th position on the points table with just 2 wins in 7 matches so far. The right-hander scored 132 runs in those matches, however, his strike rater of 117.86 was concerning for captain Eoin Morgan and coach Brendon McCullum.
KKR will also be happy for the news that captain Eoin Morgan will continue to lead the side.
This is Shubman Gill’s first major injury since he made his Test debut on the tour of Australia in the last year. He was largely impressive throughout that tour – not least with his 91 on the final day of the epic Brisbane Test.
Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav join India’s squad
Meanwhile, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav have joined the Indian squad in London after completing their quarantine. Both the batsmen were added to the Test squad after the seriousness of Shubman Gill’s injury was learned. Both were in Sri Lanka for the white-ball matches at the time of the announcement.
Their travel, however, was delayed because they were amongst the players who were in contact with Krunal Pandya, who tested positive for covid-19, and hence, had to stay for extra days in Sri Lanka. Both the right-handers have been in terrific form with the bat this year, although in white-ball cricket, but have proven their pedigree in red-ball cricket in the past in domestic matches.