India Tour of England: Was Shubman Gill and team management hiding his injury?

India Tour of England: Was Shubman Gill and team management hiding his injury before WTC Final? Saba Karim prefers Mayank Agarwal as opener

India Tour of England – Shubman Gill Injury Mystery: Shubman Gill’s stress fracture on the left shin and a potential long-term injury lay off has taken everyone aback. The fact that he was carrying the injury and aggravated it after the ICC WTC Final, makes it even more puzzling. While he is set to miss the entire five-match Test series against England, it raises the question on the team management including coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli and above all the player himself – was everyone trying to hide seriousness of Gill’s injury?

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Former Indian wicketkeeper & selector Saba Karim has accused & question the player and the team management.

“I was surprised to see Shubman Gill hid his injury. He has been travelling for a long time with the Indian team. There are physios and other medical staff tracking the fitness of the players. It’s very surprising in the first place, how it happened and why it didn’t come up earlier,” Saba Karim said on ‘Khelneeti’ podcast.

India Tour of England – Shubman Gill Injury Mystery: Questions Shubman Gill’s injury raise? 

–        Despite using the latest technology to monitor players’ fitness, why was Team India physio not aware of his injury?

–        When did he first notice the injury?

–        If it was before the UK departure, why was he taken on the tour?

–        What is the exact extent of the injury?

–        If the team management knew about the injury, why was he risked in the WTC Final?

And above all – why BCCI till date hasn’t given any official statement on the injury?

Players are often accused of hiding injuries and play matches even if they are not at their 100%. However, nowadays with constant monitoring of the players’ health and fitness, it has become almost impossible to hide an injury and play. That said, it is not obsolete yet. Shubman Gill’s injury while on India tour of England has raised the issue once again.

India Tour of England – Shubman Gill Injury Mystery: While the BCCI hasn’t officially confirmed Gill’s injury, it is suspected that he was carrying the injury and aggravated that during a training drill. But in the WTC Final, he did not show any discomfort while batting or fielding. Currently, he is being monitored by team physio Nitin Patel and strength and conditioning coach Soham Desai. He is expected to be sent home and complete his recovery and rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

“Shubman has sustained a shin stress fracture, which will keep him out of action for minimum two months, which effectively rules him out of the first three Tests against England in August. It will be a race against time to get him fit for the final two Test matches in September after completing rehabilitation,” a source told PTI.

India Tour of England: However, Saba Karim, former wicketkeeper-batsman and BCCI’s former General Manager, isn’t happy with the entire episode. Mincing no words, Karim questioned whether the physios had an idea about the injury and said that he should not have travelled to the UK if he had the injury prior to the WTC Final against New Zealand.

“I was surprised to see Shubman Gill hid his injury. He has been travelling for a long time with the Indian team. There are physios and other medical staff tracking the fitness of the players. It’s very surprising in the first place, how it happened and why it didn’t come up earlier,” Saba Karim said on ‘Khelneeti’ podcast.

India Tour of England – Shubman Gill Injury Mystery: Former Indian batsman Nikhil Chopra agreed with Karim. He questioned when senior players are not risked, why was Shubman Gill taken on the tour. “If you set standards for senior players like Rohit Sharma, who wasn’t a part of Australia tour initially due to injury), then it’s applicable to other players also.” Further, he added, “Players who are already in the squad should be given a chance. Mayank had a terrific home series. It would be wrong to bring a player from the back instead of a player who is already present with you. It will set the wrong example,” he said.

India Tour of England: While Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri are considering flying Prithvi Shaw from Sri Lanka, where he is with the white-ball squad, Saba Karim has backed Mayank Agarwal to open with Rohit Sharma. KL Rahul is the other option available with the team.

“Mayank should be given preference. We have been harsh towards Mayank. He was sidelined after just 2-3 failed innings,” Karim said.

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