ENGvsIND: India calls for Shaw and Padikkal as a backup opener in England test series

ENGvsIND: India calls for Shaw and Padikkal as backup openers in England test series.

ENGvsIND: The Indian management in England has written an email to the selectors and BCCI asking them for two backup openers as a replacement for injured Shubman Gill for the upcoming five matches Test series against England, starting August 4.

According to the email sent to the officials, the management requested the immediate need of Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal as a replacement for Shubman Gill. 

A couple of reports revealed that reserve opener Abhimanyu Eashwaran is not tactically sound and ready for the top cricket internationally and his selection terms ahead of Shaw and Paddikkal is not likely to happen.

Only Mayank Agarwal remains there in England to open the innings. KL Rahul is seen to be fit somewhere in the middle order.

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“Shubman Gill has been ruled out of the entire Test series in the UK with shin splints that will take a minimum of three months to heal. The team’s administrative manager, at the end of last month, had sent an emailed requisition to former pacer Sharma asking for two more openers to be sent to the UK,” PTI quoted a senior BCCI source privy to developments.

As per PTI, the chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma has not given any preference to management’s request for backup openers even after knowing about the magnitude of Gill’s injury.

Young opener Shubman Gill triggered his shin stress injury during the ICC World Test Championship final and is expected to fly back home and remain out of action for at least eight to ten weeks.

“The Sri Lanka series will end on July 26, both can be flown in. But I think, team management wants them to join before entering the bio-bubble in Durham,” reports PTI.

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ENGvsIND: India calls for Shaw and Padikkal as a backup opener in England test series.