ENGvsIND: Former Indian batsman Wasim Jaffer in his recent youtube video stated that opener Mayank Agarwal should be given a chance to perform if Shubman Gill misses out on the upcoming five matches test series against England, starting August 4.
The BCCI earlier confirmed that the young cricketer triggered his persisting shin stress injury during the recent match between India and New Zealand. The BCCI official further resisted quoting whether Gill will be fit for the series or not.
Popularly known as India’s domestic legend, Jaffer said Gill’s injury will be a big opportunity for both Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul.
“It will be a great opportunity for both Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul with the former 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 grabbing the opportunity,” said the 47 years old cricketer.
Agarwal plundered two double hundreds against South Africa in 2019 when Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal started opening together for India in tests. He surpassed the record of Don Bradman on the list of fastest to score two double centuries.
Jaffer also feels that KL Rahul will also get his chances to prove his mettle. He said that if not in the opening order, Rahul will fit in somewhere in the middle order.
“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,” said Jaffer.
The young opener Gill failed to score runs in the ICC World Test Championship which to everyone’s surprise was an eye raiser. Several experts suggested that the young lad should be pushed down to order instead of opening the innings.
With his recent low-grade performances, the trouble had already started to build and his leg injury will only compound it for the cricketer.
Wasim Jaffer also feels the same as he reckons Gill’s injury as a big setback for India and the cricketer himself.
“It will be a big blow for India as well as for Shubman Gill because as a youngster, you look forward to this kind of series to make a name for yourself. Considering that we judge a player by his overseas performance, it will be a setback for him to miss a couple of games.”
“It will be an important series for the visitors as we have never won any test series in England since 2007-08. Although India has been hit by the setback, the backup players will look forward to filling up the void and make most of the opportunity.”