BCCI selectors headed by Chetan Sharma have denied Indian team management’s request to send the openers Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal to England. The Indian team wanted the duo to come to the UK as a replacement for the injured Shubman Gill.
The Indian team that is in England had asked the selectors to send the 2 openers a few days back. Their reasoning behind this was to add depth to the opening slot which was left void due to Gill’s injury. It should be noted that an uncapped opener Abhimanyu Easwaran is also in the UK along with the team as a reserve player.
Why would we harbor such negative thoughts that openers will fail- Selectors question the Indian team
Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal are currently in Sri Lanka with the Indian limited-overs squad, for the tour that will commence from 13th July. The 3 match ODI series will be followed by 3 T20Is and it ends on July 25th.
A senior BCCI official confirmed the developments to the PTI on the condition of anonymity. This source said Shaw will be staying in Sri Lanka for the complete tour and that they may look at sending him to the UK after the series is completed. The first of the 5-match Test series against England starts on the 4th of August at Trent Bridge.
“Prithvi will be staying in Sri Lanka and complete the six-match series till July 26. He has been selected and he should complete the commitments. Once the Sri Lanka series is over, possibilities could be explored but nothing as of now,”
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While it is certain that Mayank Agarwal is the obvious choice to open with Rohit Sharma according to reports, the team wants to stack reserve openers. It is also being said that KL Rahul won’t be seen as an opener despite spending playing most of 36 games at the position.
The BCCI selectors questioned why KL Rahul is considered a middle-order batsman and why skipper Kohli didn’t voice out his opinion at the time of selection. They feel the reserve opener Abhimanyu Easwaran should be drafted into the main team.
“Why would KL Rahul be treated purely as middle-order batsman when he has opened for India in the past? There should be equal opportunities and equal risk for everyone opening in the UK,” the source added.
“The captain sits at selection meetings and why didn’t raise a protest when Chetan and co were sending Easwaran to England? Who stopped him from voicing his protest. Now if you have picked Easwaran, he has the first right to get into the main squad. But he comes into the picture only after Rohit (Sharma), Rahul and Mayank (Agarwal) fail and why would we harbour such negative thoughts,” the BCCI official said.
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