Prithvi Shaw and Surya Kumar Yadav are all set to travel to England for the test series as replacements. They will replace the injured trio of Avesh Khan, Washington Sundar and Shubhman Gill. Sources confirm that Chetan Sharma who is the head of selection committee had a conversation with Ravi Shastri the Indian coach. Consequently the trio were replaced by the two batsmen.
While Shaw has already played few tests, Yadav is yet to make a debut in test matches. Furthermore he made his maiden appearance in international cricket earlier this year in March. There he played a T20 game vs England. Also, he debuted for India in ODI cricket in the ongoing India – Sri Lanka tour. It will be a fairytale story for Yadav if he indeed goes on to make a debut in England test series.
Will Shaw and Yadav miss T20 series?
It is not confirmed that when these players will depart for England. In all likelihood, the duo will go after India and Sri Lanka series ends on 29 July. They could travel straight to England from Sri Lanka so that they reach England by the time the first test is underway in Trent Bridge from 4th of August.
Earlier star Indian wicket keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been re instated in the Indian team bio bubble. He was found COVID negative in the recently concluded RT-PCR test. It comes as a fantastic news not only for the Indian fans, but for the team management as well. The left hander Pant is expected to play a key role in India’s test series vs England that will be played over 5 tests.
Earlier Pant was found COVID positive around 5-6 July. It is believed that he got the virus when he visited a dentist in London. Interestingly on the next day which was 7th July, all the Indian players were given the second dose of vaccine making them fully vaccinated. However by that time Pant had already been infected by the Virus.
The first test between India and England is scheduled to begin from 4 August at Trent Bridge. India will look to win the series in England after a gap of more than 14 years. The last time they won a series in England was in 2007.