Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Agarwal ruled out of the first match, Pujara not to promote up says India Vice-captain

Agarwal ruled out of the first match, Pujara not to promote says India Vice-captain

After Agarwal is ruled out of the first Test against England with a head injury, pujara not promote up in the first Test against England with a head injury.

Two days before the first Test, Agarwal was hit on the helmet at the nets and suffered a concussion after injury latest rule. The BCCI has announced that the 30-year-old is “stable,” but remains under “close medical.” With the first Test of five-match series starting at Trent Bridge on Wednesday, India needs to find an opener to pair with Rohit.

Agarwal was like a replacement for injured Shubman Gill, whose England tour was shortly after an injury in his left leg after Agarwal is ruled out of the first Test against England with a head injury and Abhimanyu Easwaran and KL Rahul are the two designated opening options available to the team management to partner with Rohit.

The BCCI has sent Prithvi Shaw and SKY to join a team in England, but they will be available only after the first Test. They can be available for selection from the second Test onwards after serving a mandatory 10-day quarantine period.

India has lost the last three-Test series against England in England, and the open slot is a setback for team India ahead of the first test match at Trent Bridge after injury Agarwal is ruled out of the first Test against England with a head injury. The pitch looks green, and conditions are looking ahead to be unbalancing in the England tour.

Rahul has not played a Test for around two years now, but now he is fresh from a 101 to batted on 5 number against the County team, a warm-up fixture leading to the first match. The selectors picked him for this tour as a middle-order batter.

Abhimanyu is with the squad for two months now but is seriously undercooked, having played his last first-class game in early March 2020.

Indian team management might force to consider a make-shift option. However, India vice-captain Rahane ruled out the possibility of Pujara to open with Rohit in the first match.

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Earlier, Pujara has opened in Tests, in four matches to score 348 runs, including a hundred, in this open slot. Also, in a warm-up game against County Team, he came as an opener in 2nd innings and scored 38 runs. Pujara has the technique to bluff Anderson and co in swinging pitches. But team management appears to be unwilling to change the batting sequence.

Rahane said at a press conference on Monday.

“See, Pujara is our No. 3 batsman. Who will open the innings, we are finalising our combination. It’s not finalised yet. Pujara has been really solid for us as (a) No. 3 batsman, so he will continue to bat at No. 3. But as an opening pair, obviously captain, coach (and) management will decide the combination and you will get to know soon,” 

Hanuma Vihari, too, has opened the innings in Tests before. Three years ago in Melbourne, he partnered Agarwal at the top in a Boxing Day Test and scored eight and 13 in the two innings. The advantage for Vihari is that he has done a decent bedding-in for the England series with a short county stint for Warwickshire, where he primarily batted at No. 3. During the warm-up game, he also acquired some valuable batting minutes, coming at No. 4 and No. 3, respectively, in the two innings. It needs to be seeing if Vihari pairs up with Rohit at Trent Bridge.

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