India vs England 1st Test: Mayank Agarwal hit on the head, ruled out of the match

Mayank Agarwal was reportedly hit by a bouncer from Mohammed Siraj

The visiting Indian cricket team, which is currently preparing for the first match of the five match test series against England starting on Wednesday in Nottingham, suffered a blow when their opening batsman Mayank Agarwal was ruled out of the match following a hit to the head which led to concussion. The right-handed opening batsman was reportedly hit on the head by a bouncer delivered by Mohammed Siraj. 

With Agarwal ruled out of the match, it remains to be seen which opening batsman between Abhimanyu Easwaran and KL Rahul is selected to pair up with Rohit Sharma for the opening Test match of the Pataudi Trophy.

The BCCI informed the media on Monday evening about the development.

“Opening batsman Mayank Agarwal was hit on the helmet while batting during India’s nets session at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Monday,”

the board said in an email. 

“The BCCI Medical Team assessed him, and a concussion test was conducted. He has shown signs of concussion and is ruled out of the opening Test against England. The 30-year-old is stable and will remain under close medical observation,”

the BCCI added. 

The Indian cricket team will be taking on England in the five match series which is the start of the second cycle of the ICC world test championship, with the home come home team looking to make the most of the opportunity against the Indian side which has regularly struggled in its land. 

Agarwal joins an expanding list of injured Indian cricketers on the tour with three already lost for the entirety of it. Shubman Gill has already returned home while the others in Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan sustained injuries during India’s only tour match played at the Riverside Ground in Durham last month. 

The Indian team camp in England did ask for replacements in form of Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav, but the outbreak of coronavirus cases in the Indian camp which was in Sri Lanka — three players affected including Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal and Krishnappa Gowtham — has delayed the exit for the two Mumbai batsmen who are still in Sri Lanka.