Indian opening batsman Mayank Agarwal was hit on the helmet by a short ball from his fellow-mate Mohammed Siraj in the nets at Trent Bridge. Agarwal was hit on the back of his head while he took his eyes off a good bouncer. He was seen in discomfort after removing the helmet.
After being hit on the head Agarwal fell on the ground while his teammates and physiotherapist Nitin Patel attended him immediately. He was then seen pressing his head while leaving the nets. The BCCI medical team assessed him and he was taken for a concussion test. The result of the test confirmed that Agarwal has signs of concussion.
BCCI said that Agarwal is ruled out of the first test against England. An official from the BCCI intimated that the 30-year-old Indian opener is stable and will remain under medical observation. BCCI chose Agarwal as the replacement for Shubman Gill, who returned home after suffering a shin injury. Now India has to find a suitable opening partner for Rohit Sharma.
KL Rahul and Abhimanyu Easwaran are the two options available for the management to play as opening batsman in the first test. Team Management may go with KL Rahul since he performed well by scoring a century in the warm-up match. KL Rahul will have a great chance to prove himself as the best opening batsman in the test format.
The BCCI has sent one more opening batsman Prithvi Shaw to England, but he will be allowed to play only from the second Test after completing a mandatory quarantine period of 10 days.