Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri want Prithvi Shaw to replace injured Shubman Gill in the Test squad. He could soon leave Sri Lanka where he is with the second national squad for the ODIs and T20 internationals. The first Test match of the upcoming five-match series will be starting from August 4 at Trent Bridge.
Shubman Gill has injured his left leg and is expected to be out for 6-8 weeks. The team has the likes of Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul who can open the innings along with Rohit Sharma, but the team management is keen on going ahead with Shaw, who was in exceptional form during the domestic tournaments and the IPL.
While Rahul is more comfortable in the middle order, Abhimanyu Easwaran has no experience in international cricket. According to a BCCI source, Prithvi Shaw is likely to be recalled from Sri Lanka.
“Here is a batsman in the absolute form right now, playing an inconsequential series (in Sri Lanka) whereas he can be in England and the team will have a cushion to fall back on. It’s been five days now and the selectors haven’t even blinked yet,” sources in the know told TOI.
“As against having to fall back on a batsman (Easwaran) who last did his bit in the First Class circuit more than two seasons ago and not many have seen much lately, isn’t it more sensible to have a batsman (Prithvi) who’s in form and the elements of his batting well documented already? The team knows Prithvi, understands Prithvi. If they think he should be in England, then there is no reason why the BCCI should not sending him,” the source added.