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Mayank Agarwal out of first Test, No. 3 Pujara won’t be promoted: Ajinkya Rahane

There is a teething downside for India after Mayank Agarwal was dominated out of the primary Test towards England on account of a head harm. Two days earlier than the primary Test, Agarwal was hit on the helmet on the nets and suffered a concussion. The BCCI has knowledgeable that the 30-year-old is “stable”, however will stay below “close medical attention”. With the primary Test of the five-match collection beginning on Wednesday at Trent Bridge, India want to seek out a gap companion for Rohit Sharma.

Agarwal was the equal substitute for injured Shubman Gill, whose tour of England was minimize quick following a pressure harm to his left leg. KL Rahul and Abhimanyu Easwaran are the 2 designated opening choices out there to make Rohit a companion for the group administration. The BCCI has despatched Prithvi Shaw to England together with Suryakumar Yadav, however he shall be out there solely from the second Test after serving the necessary 10-day quarantine interval.

India have misplaced their final three Test collection in England and the preliminary zero forward of the Trent Bridge Test is a setback for the vacationers. Two days out, the pitch seems inexperienced and the situations are anticipated to be in favor of England. Rahul hasn’t performed a Test for almost two years now, however he’s contemporary at 101, batting at No. 5, towards County Select XI – a warm-up fixture within the lead-up to the primary Test. Interestingly, the selectors picked him because the middle-order alternative for the tour.

Easwaran has been with the group for 2 months now, however after taking part in his final first-class recreation in early March 2020, he has been severely understaffed.

This might drive the Indian group administration to contemplate a short lived choice, though vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane dominated out the potential for Cheteshwar Pujara opening the innings with Rohit. Pujara has earlier scored 348 runs in 4 matches, together with a century, in his Test opening. Also, within the apply recreation towards County Select XI, he got here on as an opener within the second innings and scored 38 runs. Pujara has the method to blunt James Anderson and firm in swing-friendly situations. But the group administration appears to be reluctant to vary his batting order.

“Pujara is our quantity 3 and he’ll bat at quantity 3. He has carried out very well in that place. The group administration is taking a look at completely different combos and you’ll get to find out about it quickly.

Hanuma Vihari has additionally opened the innings in Tests earlier. Three years in the past in Melbourne, he partnered Agarwal on the high of the Boxing Day Test, scoring eight and 13 runs in two innings. The benefit for Vihari is that he has had a superb bed-in with a brief county stint for Warwickshire for the England collection, the place he batted principally at No. He additionally grabbed some worthwhile batting minutes in the course of the apply match, at No. 4 and No. 3 respectively in two innings. It stays to be seen if Vihari pairs up with Rohit at Trent Bridge.

With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS


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