Indian opener Shubman Gill is likely to miss the entire Test series against England starting August 4 due to an injury. However, the 21-year old will remain with the touring party and remains hopeful of making a recovery at some point during the five-match series which will end on September 14.
However, according to various reports, the India opener could miss the entire England tour due to a calf muscle injury or a hamstring tear. However, it is not yet clear how he picked up that injury. Physio Nitin Patel and strength and conditioning coach Sohum Desai will monitor his progress in England.
"There is a chance that Shubman could be ruled out of the whole Test tour even though it is still a month away. The injury is serious is what we have come to know," a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
"The exact nature of his injury is not known with versions varying from calf, shin injury to hamstring damage, but what is certain is that the problem is of that nature that will keep him out for a long time," the report said.
The injury to Gill might open the doors for Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul to open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma. However, Abhimanyu Easwaran, who was in the standby list, could be drafted to the main squad, if the Gill remains unavailable.
The Indian squad in England is on an extended break following the WTC final and will travel to Durham in a couple of weeks for a pre-series camp and a couple of intra-squad games. India suffered a 4-1 series loss the last time they toured England in 2018. However, they managed to beat England 3-1 at home recently.
Gill, who made his Test debut against Australia in Melbourne last year has scored 414 runs at 31.84 from 15 innings, which includes three fifties.