Sourav Ganguly clearly stated that the decision on whether to send replacements for injured Shubman Gill was up to the selection committee. The youngster has been ruled out of the 5-Test series in England due to shin splints that will take a minimum of three months to heal. On June 28, the Indian team management had requested the Indian selectors for sending openers Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal. In response, the Indian selectors have suggested the team management draft Abhimanyu Easwaran as he is already with the team as a reserve opener in the squad.
India v England series will be the first of the second cycle of the World Test Championship
Both Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal are currently in Sri Lanka for a limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. It has been said that the Indian cricket team has already several openers in England. This includes players like Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Abhimanyu Easwaran. Hence, more replacements weren't needed.
Under regular captain Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team is set to play a five-match Test series against England. The series is going to start on August 4. The upcoming series between India and England is also the first series of the second cycle of the World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23.
On the other hand, the other Indian cricket team is going to play three ODIs and as many T20Is against Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka series will start with the ODIs from July 13, followed by T20s from July 21. The Indian cricket board has selected 20 players in the team and five net bowlers. Team India will also play a couple of intra-squad matches after landing in the Island nation. All six games are going to be played at R Premadasa stadium in Colombo.
Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly also talked about conducting the remainder of IPL 2021. The former Indian captain stated that he was confident of successfully staging the cash-rich T20 league.