India’s opening composition for cotton wool, thin in shape and experience, includes out of shape Mayank Agarwal,, KL Rahul, who has not played a test in two years, and Abhimanyu Iswaran, whose inclusion as an open regime has already raised eyebrows.
Either Agarwal or Rahul will open Rohit Sharma after Shubman GilReadiness for the first test against England on August 4 became uncertain due to a leg injury. Sharma himself had failed to surpass more than 30 tracks in the WTC World Cup final against New Zealand.
There were already questions about the depth of the bench when the team was announced last month. And Gil’s injury made things worse.
Right-handed Isvaran was not even among the top five runners-up for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy in 2019-20, the last time the tournament was played.
His only first-class knock in the 2019-20 season came during the Duleep Trophy – 153.
KL Rahul, who had recently undergone appendicitis surgery, did not play a single test from August-September 2019. Although he traveled with the team to Australia for the four-test series that India won 2-1, he could not get opportunity. In fact, he was injured before the last two tests.
Rahul had played all the tests the last time India traveled to England, but only in the last test, the Oval, did he manage to get a few runs – 37 and 149. Apart from that, he struggled with the moving ball.
Mayank Agarwal, who experienced hot weather in Australia as a opener (with scores of 17, 9, 0, 5), has not tried again since. He did not take part in any of the four tests against England at home.
This focuses on the decision of the breeders not to participate Prithvi Shaw or even Shikhar Davanwho both have experience in the test, even from the list of players in standby mode. Both Davan and Shaw are in Sri Lanka with the Indian team with a limited number.
In fact, Shaw had dropped out after failing the first test in Adelaide, Australia, the pink ball test in which all Indian wadding fell apart.
Former national team coach Sarandipe Singh recently disagreed over Isvaran’s choice.
“I’m surprised by Isvaran’s choice. I thought Prithvi Shaw was an experienced player at the international level and played tests. He’s also in form at the moment. He should have been included. I would even think of Devdut Padikal because you need to rewards and home performances, “Sarandipe Singh, who was part of the previous selection committee, told IANS in a recent chat.
If Gill fails to recover in time and misses not only the first but also the second test, it is very likely that Easwaran will be called up to the main team.
If the selectors are pressed, they may even send Shaw to England right after the Sri Lankan tour, but it will be a long process and it may not be available before the third test.
At the moment, it’s all about how the Sharma-Agarwal-Rahul trio performs.