Shubman Gill has been ruled out of India’s five-match Test series against England. Gill, who reportedly picked up the injury during the WTC final, was said to miss the first couple of Tests. However, it is now confirmed that the opener will miss the full series due to shin splints which will take a minimum of three months to heal. A source close to the BCCI confirmed the development.
“Shubman Gill has been ruled out of the entire Test series in the UK with shin splints that will take minimum three months to heal,” Sports Tiger quoted a senior BCCI source.
Ever since the news of Gill’s injury came to the limelight, there were reports that the team management has asked the BCCI to send Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal to England as backup openers. The source confirmed the administrative manager had sent an email to the chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma last week regarding the same.
He, however, revealed that BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is yet to receive any formal request about sending the duo to England. Both Shaw and Padikkal are part of the India squad that will take on Sri Lanka in 3 T20Is and as many ODIs.
“They are in Sri Lanka for the white ball series but obviously after it ends on July 26, both can be flown in. But I think team management wants them to join before entering the bio-bubble in Durham (on July 15).”
It must be noted that India already have two established openers – KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal in the squad. Also, they have Abhimanyu Easwaran, who has travelled with the team as a backup opener. It will be interesting to see if BCCI sends Shaw or Padikkal to England or they ask the team to manage with resources available in England.