ENG vs IND: 3 players who can replace KL Rahul in Test squad

ENG vs IND: 3 players who can replace KL Rahul in Test squad

KL Rahul will miss out on the one-off Test in Birmingham due to a groin injury.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images)

Indian opening batter KL Rahul is all but likely to miss the entire England tour including the upcoming one-off Test match between India and England at Edgbaston, Birmingham, due to a groin injury. He’ll reportedly travel to Germany for the treatment. He was also ruled out of the ongoing T20I series against South Africa just before the start of the series, after initially being named as the captain of the team in the absence of Rohit Sharma.

Rahul was one of the assigned opening batters for India in their tour of England last year and has been a regular choice for the team at the top of the order. He had a good run in the series, scoring 315 runs, which includes an impressive knock of 129 at Lord’s. As the selectors search for a replacement for the 30-year-old, batters such as Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, and Yashasvi Jaiswal wait in the ranks to partner with skipper Rohit Sharma for the resheduled Test.

Here are the 3 players who can replace KL Rahul in India’s Test squad:

1. Prithvi Shaw

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

The 22-year-old batter from Mumbai has already played five Test matches for India as an opener with an impressive record of 339 runs in nine innings at an average of 42.37 and a strike rate of over 86, and a top score of 134. He has also enjoyed a fine run in First-Class cricket, having scored 2614 runs in 57 innings at an average of 47.52 with a strike rate of close to 82 and a top score of 202.

Shaw made his Test debut against West Indies in 2018 in Rajkot, becoming India’s 293rd Test player. He marked the occasion by scoring a ton, becoming the youngest centurion for India on debut in Test matches. Despite a promising start to his Test career, he had a bit of a slump after touring Australia in December 2020, which drew some criticism for his ability to bat in overseas conditions.

However, he looked in decent touch in IPL 2022, playing for Delhi Capitals. Considering his ability to turn the game on its head, selectors can consider giving Shaw a recall.

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