Star India Opener Carrying Niggle In Finger; Might Have To Undergo Surgery: Report

June 20,2024

India are currently on a quest to win their first ICC title in 11 years, as they are going on in full swing in the T20 World Cup, having already qualified for the Super 8 stage. One player who was part of the Indian contingent for the tournament, not as a part of the main squad, but as a travelling substitute was star opener Shubman Gill. The young opening batter was recently released from the squad as he travelled back to India. Even though there were several rumpurs floating around regarding his alleged disciplinary issues, it looks like it is his fitness that is a concern.

According to a report by the Times of India, Shubman Gill is carrying a persistent niggle in his index finger. In fact, he carried it all through the IPL 2024 season. In fact, the report states that the opening batter might even need surgery if a team at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) decides so.

"He has had injury on his right index finger all through the IPL. A call on whether he needs surgery will be taken by the NCA team,"a source close to the proceedings told The Times of India.

After the T20 World Cup 2024, India are set to travel to Zimbabwe for a five-match T20I tour. With several senior players reportedly being rested for the tour, Shubman Gill would have been an automatic choice to be in the squad. However, if the surgery happens, then Gill's inclusion in the side will be a big question.

Mayank Yadav Unlikely To Travel To Zimbabwe

Mayak Yadav impressed one and all with his raw pace for the Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2024, where he emerged as India's second-fastest bowler in history. A report by PTI had stated that he would be included in the tour to Zimbabwe. However, the Times of India report says that Mayank isyet to be fully match fit, and is still bowling at 80-90% of his capacity. Hence he will not be rushed into the team for Zimbabwe.

Instead, he is being readied for the tour to Sri Lanka, followed by an extensive red-ball season.

"Mayank is still bowling at 80-90%. It will be tough for him o be rushed into the team for the Zimbabwe tour. He is being readied for the Sri Lanka tour followed by a red-ball season," a source close to the proceedings said.