Shubman Gill was ruled out of the opening Test match of India’s five-match Test series against England before the first ball was played. This is a significant blow for the 21-year-old, who appeared in good form during the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand. Look at who can replace Shubman Gill .
Players Who Can Replace Shubman Gill In The Indian Test Team
Team India, on the other hand, has a backup option in the form of KL Rahul and Mayank Agrawal. Besides that, the club also includes Hanuma Vihari, a specialized batter number 6. Vihari’s ability as a strong hitter in pitch and swing conditions has long been praised by the management and captain Virat Kohli. In fact, the right-handed hitter has opened in the past and might be a decent option against James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
Given that Rahul is now regarded as India’s middle-order hitter in white-ball cricket, Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri may opt to keep him in that position and test Vihari at the top. “Rahul’s game against the new ball has not been up to the mark over the last year. He could be a very good option down the order. Vihari has shown he has the ability to play out the new ball,” a private source reported.
Gill’s injury has turned out an opportunity for 3-players who were eager to get into the starting lineup
Undoubtedly, Gill’s injury at such a crucial moment has caused the management to rethink its strategy. With Agarwal as a potential replacement for Gill, the coach and captain may consider dropping Vihari or Rahul down the order. If they wish to include both, Agarwal will be unable to return to the team.
Gill’s injury has turned out to be a fortune in disguise for the three players who have been eager to get into the starting lineup. Meanwhile, the 21-year-old is upset that he didn’t have the chance to begin the innings against England.
“Shubman is very upset right now. The injury looks bad. BCCI is contacting the best professionals to get Shubman treated in England. While the team management wishes that he recovers in time for the series, it looks unrealistic. It needs to be seen if he needs surgery,” the source concluded.