A couple of days ago, India were dealt with a huge blow even with the Test series against England more than a month away. Their young opener Shubman Gill has injured his leg and reportedly carried the injury for a long time only to worsen it. He is likely to be out of action for a considerable period of time and might even miss the whole Test series in England.
This has once again opened up a debate on who should open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma in the first Test to played at Trent Bridge from August 4. Former India opener Wasim Jaffer has given his views on the matter and has opted for Mayank Agarwal at the top of the order ahead of KL Rahul.
Agarwal was dropped during the Australia tour following poor run in just two Tests and Gill’s impressive debut kept him out of the side on a longer run. Agarwal has so far scored 1052 runs at an average of 45.74 in just 14 Tests. With Gill injured, this presents him with another chance to seal his place at the top of the order.
“It will be a very big opportunity for Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul with Mayank being my first preference. He has had an excellent career so far. He was dropped after two poor outings in Australia but I am sure he will be looking forward to this opportunity. It is a very big series of five Test matches which can make or break a cricketer’s career. I feel KL Rahul can also fit somewhere in the middle-order if not as an opener,” Jaffer said in his Youtube video.
Meanwhile, it has also been reported that India might try KL Rahul in the middle-order with questions being raised on the existing batsmen after the WTC Final.