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SL vs IND: Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal To Continue Playing In Sri Lanka Series

The Indian team management on June 28 had requisitioned for two openers Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal as replacement.

SL vs IND: Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal To Continue Playing In Sri Lanka Series
The Indian team think-tank had put in a formal request for sending Prithvi Shaw (in pic) and Devdutt Paddikal, to BCCI. | File Photo
SL vs IND: Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal To Continue Playing In Sri Lanka Series
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2021-07-07T22:26:17+05:30

The BCCI as of now is not sending either Prithvi Shaw or Devdutt Padikkal to England as a replacement for injured Shubman Gill, who is out of the tour with shin splints. (More Cricket News)

The Indian team management on June 28 through its administrative manager Girish Dongre had requisitioned for two openers as replacement.

However, chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma till a couple of days back didn't send any formal reply to that mail but the selection committee wasn't in a mood to send any replacements with four openers already in the UK.

READ: History Of Controversial Selections: How Abhimanyu Easwaran Has Pitted Virat Kohli Against Selectors

"Prithvi will be staying in Sri Lanka and complete the six match series till July 26. He has been selected and he should complete the commitments," a senior BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

"Once the Sri Lanka series is over, possibilities could be explored but nothing as of now," the source said.

The reason that the team management wanted to two openers was because Abhimanyu Easwaran's technique didnt inspire the highest confidence.

More so as reports emerged that he wasn't comfortable facing the team's throwdown specialist Raghavendra, aka Raghu.

However some questions are being asked in BCCI corridors.

"Why would KL Rahul be treated purely as middle-order batsman when he has opened for India in the past? There should be equal opportunities and equal risk for everyone opening in the UK," a senior official privy to developments said.

"If Prithvi hasn't played any long form game since Adelaide what's the guarantee that he would work some magic if someone like Rahul with 2000 Test runs is thought to be circumspect against Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad with new Dukes," a former India player opined.

He also questioned why Easwaran should be judged based on training sessions or throwdowns only.

"The captain sits at selection meetings and why didn't raise a protest when Chetan and co were sending Easwaran to England? Who stopped him from voicing his protest," he questioned.

"Now if you have picked Easwaran, he has the first right to get into the main squad. But he comes into the picture only after Rohit (Sharma), Rahul and Mayank (Agarwal) fail and why would we harbour such negative thoughts," he said.

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