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Top players who can replace KL Rahul in the Test against England

The regular vice-captain of Team India missed the T20I series against South Africa and has been ruled out of the England tour.

Top players who can replace KL Rahul in the Test against England

KL Rahul is all set to miss the Test match here at Birmingham against England. Due to a groin injury, Indian opening batsman KL Rahul is almost certain to miss the entire England trip, including the upcoming one-off Test match between India and England at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

He’ll be treated in Germany, according to reports. He was also ruled out of the present T20I series against South Africa soon before the series began, despite being selected captain of the side in Rohit Sharma’s absence. In India’s tour of England last year, Rahul was one of the allotted opening batters, and he has since become a regular pick for the squad at the top of the order. 

He batted well throughout the series, amassing 315 runs, including a remarkable 129 at Lord’s. Batters like Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, and Yashasvi Jaiswal are waiting in the wings to pair with skipper Rohit Sharma for the rescheduled Test as the selectors look for a substitute for the 30-year-old.

Top players Can replace KL Rahul 

Mayank Agarwal

Top players who can replace KL Rahul in the Test against England

In 36 innings for India, the 31-year-old Karnataka hitter has scored 1488 runs at an average of over 41, with the best score of 243. He was a member of the Indian teams that won both of the recent series in Australia. Agarwal is one of Karnataka’s most experienced players in the Ranji Trophy and First-Class cricket, having amassed 5707 runs in 136 innings with a maximum score of 304* and an average of over 43. 

After his troubles in Australia in the 2020-21 series, the right-handed batsman was benched from opening the innings in several of the games. Gill was eventually given an opportunity after impressing everyone.

However, because of his experience and the absence of his Karnataka teammate, Mayank could be in contention to play in Birmingham.

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Prithvi Shaw

Top players who can replace KL Rahul in the Test against England

The 22-year-old Mumbai hitter has already played five Test matches for India as an opener, amassing 339 runs in nine innings at an average of 42.37, a strike rate of over 86, and the highest score of 134.

 He has also had a successful First-Class career, scoring 2614 runs in 57 innings at an average of 47.52, with a strike rate of nearly 82 and a maximum score of 202. Shaw made his Test debut in Rajkot in 2018 against the West Indies, becoming India’s 293rd Test player. 

He honored the occasion by scoring a century, making him India’s youngest centurion in Test matches. He experienced a bit of a skid after touring Australia in December 2020, which brought some criticism for his ability to bat in foreign conditions.

However, while playing for Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2022, he appeared to be in good form. Selectors should consider recalling Shaw because of his capacity to turn the game on its head.

Priyank Panchal

Top players who can replace KL Rahul in the Test against England

After a string of excellent seasons in the Ranji Trophy, the 32-year-old Gujarat batsman could get his long-awaited India debut. In 101 First-Class matches, he has scored over 7,000 runs at an average of over 45, with the best score of 314*. He also bowls right-arm medium pace on occasion and has 14 wickets to his name, with his best bowling stats being three wickets for no runs in an innings.

Last year, Panchal was one of five backup players for India’s home series with England. After Rohit Sharma was ruled out due to injury, he was named captain of the India A team for the November 2021 tour to South Africa. He was also named to the Test squad for the series against South Africa.

After a string of excellent seasons in the Ranji Trophy, the 32-year-old Gujarat batsman could get his long-awaited India debut. In 101 First-Class matches, he has scored over 7,000 runs at an average of over 45, with the best score of 314*. He also bowls right-arm medium pace on occasion and has 14 wickets to his name, with his best bowling stats being three wickets for no runs in an innings.

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Last year, Panchal was one of five backup players for India’s home series with England.

Ruturaj Gaikwad

Top players who can replace KL Rahul in the Test against England

He has got a lot of accolades from cricket pundits since making his debut in the Indian T20 League. He’s been praised as an all-rounder who, if given the chance, could be a fantastic Test player.

If KL Rahul is unable to play in the rescheduled Test, Gaikwad may be called upon to fill in. The Chennai opener has represented India in five T20 internationals but has yet to participate in a Test match.

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Soumyajit Dutta is a Cricket News Analyst and Author at Empire Weekly.

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