Indian team’s young opener Shubman Gill has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against England due to a stress fracture.
Shubman Gill, the young opener of the Indian Test team on the tour of England, has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series due to injury. After which the team management named Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal in the squad despite the presence of top order batsmen like Mayang Agarwal, KL Rahul and Abhimanyu Easwaran. Requested to join. Also Read – IND vs SL- Rahul Dravid’s coaching is brilliant, he knows everything about cricket: Prithvi Shaw
According to the news published in PTI, the Indian team management wants to keep young openers Shaw and Padikkal in the Test team. But now questions are being raised whether the chairman of the selection committee, Chetan Sharma also wanted this? Also Read – If Prithvi Shaw hits a lot of runs in Sri Lanka, selectors will get a headache in T20 WC: Aakash Chopra
A source in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) told PTI on condition of anonymity, “Shubman Gill has been ruled out of the entire tour of England due to injury. It will take at least three months for them to get fit. Last month, the team management sent a letter to former fast bowler Chetan Sharma asking him to send two other openers to the UK. Also Read – Salman Butt trolled Bread Hog for telling Prithvi Shaw to be Pujara’s option, said – at midnight …
Despite knowing the status of Gill’s injury, it is believed that Sharma did not pay much attention to the request of the team management. It remains to be seen whether the team management makes a formal request to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah to send Shaw and Padikkal. Significantly, Shah is also the convener of the selection committee.
“The BCCI President is yet to receive a formal request to send Shaw and Padikkal,” the source said. Both these batsmen are currently in Sri Lanka for the limited overs series but after the end of the tour on July 26, both can go to Britain. But I think the team management wants to add him to the team first.
Had the team management’s request made last month been heeded, Shaw and Padikkal could have reached England on time for the practice match. To a question whether the team management has asked Shaw to be sent, the source said, “Let him do an official mail and then the matter can be taken up.” Apart from this, Prithvi is currently a member of the limited overs team in Sri Lanka and his focus is on this series. There have been 23 players on the UK tour and even if we don’t count Easwaran, he still has three specialist openers.
On giving priority to Easwaran over Prithvi, a former selector said, “As far as Easwaran and Prithvi’s qualifications are concerned, they cannot even be compared. Prithvi is miles ahead of Easwaran in skill and it should not be forgotten that he has scored a Test century and is in good form now. He should have been in England not in Sri Lanka.