Mayank Agarwalwhich was to open before India against England was ruled out of the first Test after being hit on the helm during a net session in Nottingham on Monday.
“Agarwal was hit on the helmet on Monday while batting during India’s net session at Trent Bridge,” said the BCCI in a statement.
‘The BCCI medical team assessed him and a concussion test was performed. He showed signs of concussion and is excluded from the first test. The 30-year-old is stable and will remain under strict medical supervision. ”
India’s team for the series of five matches in England -the first in the cycle 2021-23 for the ICC World Test Championship-was spoiled by injuries, with Shubman Gill, Avesh Khan and Washington Sundar return home for rehabilitation.
Now, KL Rahul and Abhimanyu Easwaran are the two designated opening options available with India for partner Rohit Sharma. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sent Prithvi Shaw, with Suryakumar Yadav, to England, but he will only be available for the remaining matches after serving a mandatory 10-day quarantine period.
India’s team for first Test: Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Abard Shawan, Shardul Thakan .