BCCI have turned down the Indian team’s request for additional batsmen following Shubman Gill’s injury. The board have asked the contingent to make the best of the available contingent already set in place in England.
The whole charade behind the request for more batting personnel began with Shuban Gill’s injury, which rules him out of the entire England tour. The need stemmed from casting doubts over back-up opener Abhimanyu Easwaran’s credentials to tackle the England pace attack. Moreover, quarantine ensures that additional reinforcements midway during the series would be virtually impossible.
Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal were the names reported to be in the sight of the team based in England. However, the BCCI have opted for the young batsmen to remain in the island nation, where they are currently stationed.
The board asserted that the team have no right to rope in Shaw as he was not considered for the 24-man squad for the tour. And as far as Padikkal is concerned, the board feels the move will be too soon for him.
“When Prithvi Shaw was not considered in the pool of 24 players who travelled, why should it be any different now,” quoted a BCCI source.
“As for Devdutt Padikkal, well, he’s a great talent but doesn’t deserve to be pushed to the wall like this. His time will come,” stated the BCCI.
Moreover, they feel that Shaw has to earn his place in the longest format of the game as he is yet to put in the work and justify his opportunities and talent in place. The young batsman had begun his career with a century against West Indies at Rajkot, but his numbers and form dipped in overseas conditions and was eventually dropped from the side altogether after the Adelaide debacle.
“He really needs to pull up his socks if he fancies himself in Tests. The opportunities so far, his own commitment to the format – they’ve all not matched up to the potential he’s shown. There’s work to do,”
It is also being reported that Shaw himself is skeptical of touring England, as he has no interest to be the backup opener and warm-up the bench. On the other hand, in the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka, he is favoured to open the batting alongside skipper Shikhar Dhawan.
Mohammad Siraj is also in line to play after being snubbed for the World Test Championship Final. The pacer is slated to replace Ishant Sharma in the lineup, who suffered an injury to his finger during the match.
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