Indian Opener Shubman Gill has suffered a stress fracture on his left shin. The injury has ruled him out from the test series between India and England. While the exact recovery period is unknown, it is expected to at least take 8 to 9 weeks to heal.
Shubman’s Gill injury has also put his IPL participation in danger. The second leg of the Indian Premier League will resume from September in the UAE. Gill, who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders, is the first choice opener for his side. Uncertainty over his participation is a major blow for the Kolkata-based franchise.
Shubman Gill has played 48 matches for the Kolkata Knights Riders in the IPL. The opener has scored over 1000 runs at an average of 30.6 and a strike rate of 124.25. He has been a key member of the KKR franchise ever since he made his debut.
Earlier, KKR’s pace bowler Pat Cummins also confirmed his unavailability for the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League. He was bought by the franchise for a whopping 15 crore in the IPL 2020 auctions, but he didn’t live up to the expectations last season. However, he was in decent form this season and his unavailability will hurt the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Though this isn’t the end of the worries for KKR, as their skipper Eoin Morgan is unlikely to take part in the second leg of Indian Premier League 2021.
Prithvi Shaw likely to replace Shubman Gill in England
With Shubman Gill ruled out from the five-match Test series between India and England, the Indian team is looking for replacement options. Mayank Agarwal will be the most likely replacement.
Wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul can also open in Gill’s absence. Apart from this two, Abhimanyu Easwaran is in England as a standby for the tour. However, it is learnt that the Indian team want’s Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal to be sent to the UK as replacements for the opening batsman. The selection committee is yet to decide on the same.