After Shubman Gill had an amazing series in Australia, things started looking good on the opening front for India. With Rohit Sharma in form, India could once again rely on their batting to come good. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been all that simple.
Shubman Gill was found wanting against the moving ball at the top for India. His tendency to fall over – Ross Taylor’s style – to an incoming delivery has exposed a few chinks in his armor. Therefore, his participation in the upcoming 5-match Test series against England became uncertain.
According to the latest reports, Shubman Gill seems to have suffered an internal injury. This all but confirms that India needs another player to fit in the opening slot.
We take a look at 3 players who can replace Shubman Gill against England:
1) Mayank Agarwal
The most obvious choice that comes to mind is the like-for-like replacement, Mayank Agarwal. The Karnataka batsman was India’s primary choice for most of the World Test Championship. However, a dip in form at the worst possible time saw him lost his spot to Shubman Gill.
It looks as the stars have aligned for Mayank finally and he might make a comeback at the top of the order. Having already played in tough conditions like Australia, Mayank has what it takes to excel in English conditions. He’s already part of the Indian squad that traveled to the UK.