Following the conclusion of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC), India opener Shubman Gill has been ruled out of the five-Test series against England due to a leg injury. After Gill’s departure, the team’s doors have been opened for KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Abhimanyu Eshwaran can enter the playing XI if he joins the team before or during the Test series.
GCC’s replacement has not yet been announced by the BCCI and if they feel the opener is needed during the series, the board could take a decision on it. Speaking about Gill, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said the team’s job was to decide on another player to replace him in the XI. Speaking to News18, he said: ‘I will not interfere in all this. The governing body of the team will decide on this.
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According to the Times of India, the team’s management wants Prithvi Shah and Devadut Padikal to join the Test squad after Gill’s departure. But management has been denied the request because India already has a back-opener in Eshwaran. Shah and Padikkal are currently touring Sri Lanka for a limited-overs series. Former India Under-19 World Cup winner Gill has been a regular member of the Test squad since his debut in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia in 2020-21. He scored 36 in the WTC final. India will play a five-match Test series against England starting from August 4.