While the reports of Shubman Gill’s leg injury comes as a huge blow for Team India, experts have started sharing their options for the replacement. And, former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer has also joined hands. Gill had a great start in his Test career in Australia where he made a match-winning knock as well but he failed to do well against New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final. Now with injury, he has to wait for some time to get back in form.
Meanwhile, India will now take on England in a five-match Test series in August and many believed Mayank Agarwal or KL Rahul could fit the place alongside Rohit Sharma in the opening slot. While Agarwal has done quite well at the top of the order, scoring two double centuries, Rahul has last featured in a Test match for India since mid-2019.
On the other hand, the presence of Abhimanyu Easwaran as a reserve player could provide India with an option as well. Meanwhile, Wasim Jaffer believes Agarwal could be the best in Gill’s place. He claimed Agarwal is a much better fit and should get the preference over KL Rahul in the opening slot.
“It will be a very big opportunity for Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul with Mayank 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 this opportunity. 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,” Wasim Jaffer said on his YouTube video.
While talking about Shubman Gill, Jaffer stated that it will be a huge blow for the country.
“It will be a big blow for India as well as 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 their overseas performance, it will be a setback for him to miss the first couple of games. It will be a very important series for India because we haven’t won any series in England since 2007-08 though we have come close. Although Shubman Gill’s injury will be a big blow, the players will look to step up and deliver,” Wasim Jaffer concluded.