New Delhi: Former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer has said that young opener Mayank Agarwal will be his choice if Shubman Gill misses the five-match Test series against England in August-September due to a leg injury.
A Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official had told IANS recently that, “Gill might miss the first Test due to injury in the lower part of his leg. But whether he will be available for the remainder of the series cannot be said right now.”
Gill, who failed in the World Test Championship, has played only eight Test matches scoring 28 and eight runs and averages 31.84. He has scored three half-centuries, including two in India’s victorious Test campaign in Australia.
The BCCI official also said that Gill will remain in England for now. There, physio Nitin Patel and strength and conditioning coach Soham Desai will monitor his fitness. It is being told that there is little hope of him being fully fit before the fifth Test. For this reason, a replacement can be taken.
The 43-year-old Jaffer said on Thursday that, “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.”
In his latest youtube video, Jaffer said, “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.”
“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,” he added.
“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.”
Gill made his international debut in December last year with the Melbourne Test against Australia. In that series, he got an opportunity to play three Test matches in which he scored 45, 33, 50, 31, 7, and 91 runs. In 4 Test matches against England, Gill played innings of 29, 50, 0, 14, 11, 15* and 0.