Will he make it to the First England Test?
The Indian camp has been thrown into disarray after opening batter Shubman Gill suffered a leg injury. According to reports by ESPN Cricinfo, Gill has a stress-related injury on his lower left leg, casting doubt on his participation in the entire five-match series against England, beginning in August.
Reports further indicate that the Indian medical team speculates Gill will take about 8 weeks to get back in shape. While the details of the extent of the injury remain unclear, it is presumed he could have picked the leg injury during a fitness training session. Moreover, Gill opened the World Test Champion final, displayed a sterling diving catch in New Zealand’s first innings, and showed no discomfort.
Currently, Gill is in England with the rest of the Indian squad as the Indian management deliberates and takes a final call after seeing the seriousness of the injury. The team is on a three-week break and will reassemble in Durham from July 15 for training and warm-up matches. Gill has expressed a desire to play in the latter half of the England Tour, but this decision largely remains with the team management.
This is his first injury, following making his Test debut on the Australian Tour in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series in 2020-2021. During this Tour, his bold attitude while opening the batting and sterling performance impressed the team management. He has played 8 Tests so far and scored 414 runs at an 31.84 average. He also participated in the World Test Championships final against New Zealand, scoring 28 and 8.
Should Gill fail to get well in time, India will likely field the Karnataka duo of Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul. Additionally, uncapped Bengal batter Abhimanyu Easwaran, one of the reserves, may join the squad.
Agarwal has been the first-choice substitute opener since the Indian squad decided to have Rohit Sharma and Gill at the top. In addition, he played XI in three Tests against Australia, with the last match in Brisbane. On the other hand, KL Rahul has not been part of the Test-playing XI for almost two years. His last game was in 2019 when he played against West Indies.
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