Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav and Jayant Yadav will board the flight to England to join the Indian squad as replacements for three players – Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan, who were ruled out of the five-match Test series against ‘The Three Lions’ due to injury.
While Shubman Gill suffered shin splints during the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan picked up injuries while representing County XI in the warm-up game against India. Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw are currently in Sri Lanka and were in impressive form in the ODI series. A source close to the BCCI confirmed the development.
“Yes, Prithvi, Surya and Jayant will be flying to England. Whether they will fly in the middle of the T20 Internationals (Prithvi and Surya are part of team in Sri Lanka) or post that is being worked out.
“But yes, these three are our replacement players for Test series in England. They might just leave after the three T20 Internationals but we will get a confirmation in another three days,” the senior official was quoted by Indian Express
The England-India series kicks off on August 4 in Nottingham and with all the quarantine restrictions in place, it is unlikely that the players will be available for the 1st Test. It is reported the team is not particularly impressed with Mayank Agarwal’s form thus they decided to ask for Prithvi Shaw while Suryakumar Yadav’s selection was done keeping in mind Ajinkya Rahane’s hamstring injury. Jayant Yadav is also a handy all-rounder and can come into play if Ashwin or Jadeja suffer from an injury in the long series. Otherwise, he can be a good net bowler.