Prithvi Shaw last played Tests for India during the team’s 2020-21 tour of Australia.© AFP
Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg reckons Prithvi Shaw can be an ideal replacement for Chesteshwar Pujara at No.3 in the longest format of the game. A fan had asked Hogg whether KL Rahul should be replacing Pujara at the number three slot for the Tests against England. To this query, Hogg replied on Twitter: “If anyone was going to replace Pujara it would be Prithvi Shaw. Feel he is more suited there than opening. Has a lot of talent and a long future. He is not in the tour group but a wild card choice. #EngvIND.”
If anyone was going to replace Pujara it would be Prithvi Shaw. Feel he is more suited there than opening. Has a lot of talent and long future. He is not in the tour group but a wild card choice. #EngvIND https://t.co/8wEF82aq1A
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) July 2, 2021
Pujara failed to impress in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand as he recorded scores of just 8 and 15.
On the other hand, while Shaw is not a part of India’s squad for the Test series against England he is currently part of the white-ball squad which is in Sri Lanka for three ODIs and three T20Is.
Opener Shubman Gill has suffered a shin injury and is out for eight weeks. Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments said it happened after the World Test Championship final and Gill will be out of action for some time.
“He has a shin injury which he has sustained after the WTC final against New Zealand and will need around 8 weeks to recover,” the source explained.
This means the Indian team management will have to look at going ahead with either Mayank Agarwal or KL Rahul as the second opener with Rohit Sharma.
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