Shubman Gill’s absence from at least the first Test against England, according to Aakash Chopra, is a setback for Team India.
Although the BCCI has yet to issue an official statement, there are reports that Shubman Gill has a stress fracture in his shin.
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Shubman Gill’s injury, according to Aakash Chopra in a video posted on his YouTube channel, might be a major setback for Team India. He reasoned that the elegant opener performed admirably in the World Test Championship final.
“Shubman Gill has got injured. But then that is a blow. I was thinking that Shubman Gill had done okay in the WTC final and will play the first Test as well, but now he will not be available.”
The injury is so significant, according to the former India opener, that Shubman Gill has been ruled out of the first Test, which is still a month away.
“It is an injury somewhere in the calf and it has got aggravated so much that an encounter which is going to start next month, on August 4, he is already out of that Test match. He will not be available for the first Test match and after that also, he will be monitored.”
Shubman Gill’s injury, according to reports, could keep him out of the entire five-match series against England, not just the first Test, which begins on August 4 in Nottingham.
Aakash Chopra on Shubman Gill’s likely replacement
Abhimanyu Easwaran, according to Aakash Chopra, might replace Shubman Gill in the main Indian squad if the latter is ruled out for the balance of the tour. Mayank Agarwal was chosen ahead of KL Rahul as Rohit Sharma’s opening partner for the first Test against England, according to the 43-year-old.
“This means Abhimanyu Easwaran, who is there in the standbys, his name can come in the main squad. One out of Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul will get a chance. I feel Mayank Agarwal will get it first, KL Rahul will get it after that.”
“Mayank Agarwal should be given preference ahead of KL Rahul as Shubman Gill’s Replacement in Test Series against England.” – Wasim Jaffer (On his YT channel)
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) July 2, 2021
Both Agarwal and Rahul have been away from competitive red-ball cricket for a long time. The former last played for India in the middle order against Australia in the Gabba Test, while the latter last played for India against the West Indies in 2019.