at the last innings of the second Test match between India and England at Visakhapatnam, Shubman Gill will not be playing for the Indians.
Gill Injured Right Index Finger While Fielding on Day 2
Shubman Gill had a minor injury before play began on Monday, and the BCCI has reported that India would be without him on Day 4 of the second Test match against England. Gill did not enter the field on what may have been the last day of the Visakhapatnam Test since he injured his finger while fielding on Day 2.
“On Day 2, Shubman Gill injured his right index finger while fielding.” He is not going to play today,” the BCCI said via X in a post.
Although the exact form of the injury is unknown, it is not anticipated to be severe since Gill scored his third Test century on Day 3 without any trouble at all when batting. Interestingly, neither Gill nor his body language indicated that he was hurt. He batted with apparent ease, amassing an astounding 104 runs to push India’s advantage to over 400. A few days before to the second Test, Sarfaraz Khan, who had received his first India call-up, replaced Gill in the field.
How Shubman What Gill’s injury may signify for India
However, if things go wrong, Gill’s injury may make things much worse for India, who are already dealing with Ravindra Jadeja’s and KL Rahul’s ailments. Jadeja seems to be permanently out of the series, and although Rahul is expected to return for the Rajkot Test beginning on February 15, India could really use one less injury worry. It took Gill 11 months to get into form and score a century, and India would need him to continue till the uncertainty surrounding Virat Kohli’s upcoming comeback.
More crucially, as Gill has been the team’s finest fielder at the slip cordon, India will miss him there. After taking 15 matches in 21 Tests, Gill’s absence is immediately noticeable based on what has happened in the first 30 minutes of the day. When Rehan Ahmed, who was batting at number 19, edged to first slip, Rohit Sharma had a clear opportunity to dismiss him. The ball raced to the edge, like salt running into the wounds. Fortunately, Axar Patel got the nightwatchman out LBW two balls later, so India did not have to pay a heavy price—at least not yet.