Kolkata Knight Riders batter Shubman Gill revealed that the pitch was not the easiest to hit spinners for constant boundaries.
The talented right-hander had a below-par season in the first half, scoring just 132 runs at an average of 18.85 and was not able to convert his starts.
Shubman Gill is geared up to play the remainder of the Indian Premier League after recovering from his injury on the shin of his left leg.
In the lead up to the Test series and even during the lone practice game against a County Select XI, Rahul was seen as an option for the middle-order.
In case the BCCI chooses to send any replacements, they have to take a call in the next few days as any player entering the UK has to serve the mandatory quarantine period
The Indian team management on June 28, through administrative manager Girish Dongre, had requested for two openers as replacement, preferably Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal.
The Indian team management on June 28 through its administrative manager Girish Dongre had requisitioned for two openers as replacement.
Shubman Gill, who failed in the WTC final, having scored 28 and eight, has played only eight Test matches and averages 31.84.
It is understood that there is a fair chance of Gill being available for the latter part of the series and the team management is not rushing with any decision to send him back.
It is understood that the shin injury got aggravated during the recently-concluded World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton which India lost by 8 wickets.
It is believed that the Punjab batsman has either sustained a calf muscle injury or hamstring tear which could take considerable time to heal.
Shubman Gill was caught by BJ Watling for 28 in the first innings, while in the second innings he was out leg-before to Tim Southee for 8.
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Shubman Gill said that his priority is to keep the run-scoring intent flowing and not feel the pressure of expectations.
Laxman, a veteran of 134 Tests, also felt that India start as 'favourite' in the marquee clash due to the depth, experience and talent they have in the squad.
As a part of their preparation, Team India is currently playing an intra-squad match to get into the groove ahead of the WTC final.