India batsman opener Shubman Gil has suffered a serious shin injury that could keep him out of action for at least two months, a BCCI source told PTI on Thursday.
It is quite certain that Gill is unlikely to take part in the upcoming series of five tests against England, starting in Nottingham on August 4.
“Schubman suffered a fracture of the tibia, which will keep him out of action for at least two months, which effectively excludes him from the first three tests against England in August,” the source said on condition of anonymity.
“It will be a race against time to prepare him for the last two test matches in September, after the rehabilitation is completed,” he added.
Understandably, the shin injury worsened during the recently concluded World Cup final against New Zealand in Southampton, which India lost by eight goals.
“Stressful shin fractures are not very threatening, but they take a lot of time in terms of rest and rehabilitation,” said a former Indian PTI participant.
“If it was a shin fracture, it could take more than three months, but a foot fracture injury usually takes between 8 and 10 weeks.
“If Gill’s replacement, whether Mayank (Agarwal) or (KL) Rahul, does well, he may have to sit down and I believe the team’s leadership will also not show much despair to prepare him to say, Fifth Test, “said the bowling alley.
The Bengali Abhimanyu Easwaran is one of the opening devices in standby mode.
Of course, physio Nitin Patel and strength and fitness coach Soham Desai will monitor Gil’s progress in the UK.
However, it is unclear whether, after being officially excluded from the tour, he will stay behind or return home for rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy.
The Indian team is currently on holiday and will meet in mid-July for the England series.