Mayank Agarwal, the Indian opener has been ruled out of the first test against England. Mayank Agrawal was hit on the helmet during the practice session. Mayank Agrawal is being assessed by the Indian medical team.
Who can potentially replace Mayank Agarwal at the top?
Shubman Gill has already been ruled out of the series. While Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan were ruled out during the practice game between in team India and County XI. Surya Kumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw has been added to the squad as their replacements. Both the players have to to follow the bio bubble protocol and will have to Quarantine for 10 days and will not be available before the third test.
India have many options to go in the first test against England. KL Rahul Abhimanyu Easwaran can partner Rohit Sharma at the top. The Indian Team management can also think of Hanuma Vihari for the opening slot as they have done in Australia.
But KL Rahul is the top contender for the opening slot in the first test against England. KL Rahul has been in a red hot form and eager to to score big runs. KL Rahul scored a century in the practice game against the county XI. KL Rahul did not got the chance to be the part of this code for the World Test Championship final.
KL Rahul has played 36 test Matches and has scored 2006 runs which five centuries and 11 half tons. KL Rahul last played for the Indian team in test match cricket during the West Indies tour of India in 2019. After that tour Rohit Sharma was preferred as the first opening choice for the Indian team. However KL Rahul has proved his worth back by scoring the bulk of runs in IPL and limited-overs cricket.
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KL Rahul has lots of experience to his name. Out of 60 innings, 54 innings came as an opener. KL Rahul has the experience of playing in England conditions. KL Rahul has scored three half centuries and one century in the last tour of 2018. KL Rahul is once again eager to dominate the red ball Cricket.
The five match test series will get underway on 4th August at Trent Bridge ,Nottingham. This series will come under the World Test Championship cycle. Virat Kohli and man will be on the verge to create history in England.
Mayank Agarwal would have been the surprise bomb for England as they haven’t faced him till now. But he should be ready to pad up for the 2nd Test if his replacement fails to deliver in the 1st.
Apart from KL Rahul, Hanuma Vihari or Cheteshwar Pujara could also open the innings keeping in mind both have opened the batting earlier as well but this case will only sit valid if the team management doesn’t have regular openers in the squad. One must also note the the domestic star Abhimanyu Eeswaran has also been with the Test team for more than 2 months now. So this will be very unfair for the young lad.
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