It is not the best of news coming in from the United Kingdom. Prior to the Indian men's cricket team's five-match Test series against England, opener Mayank Agarwal has received a nasty blow on his head during a practice session. Although there has been no official update as yet, with the match set to commence in less than 48 hours from now, he is likely to be rested as a precautionary measure even if the CT scans hint nothing serious.
This comes as a massive blow to the Indian team since their other opener Shubman Gill was already ruled out of the series. With Mayank also set to miss at least the first Test and Prithvi Shaw still a good few days away from rejoining the Indian team, it could be a toss-up between Abhimanyu Easwaran and KL Rahul for the opener's role along with Rohit Sharma.
It is being learned that Rahul got hit while he was facing Mohammed Siraj, who happens to be the fastest among the current crop of bowlers. The right-handed batter apparently got hit on the back of his head when he took his eyes off of a short ball and got hit on the helmet. He was also seen in some discomfort as he sat on the floor after opening the helmet with physio Nitin Patel attending him. He was later seen pressing the back of his net as he left the nets with physio.
It was good to regroup: Mayank Agarwal
It is likely that Agarwal will have to undergo a mandatory concussion test before he is cleared to play a part in the Test series.
Earlier, Agarwal, while speaking in a video posted by BCCI on Twitter, had revealed that the first training session was all about regrouping and easing into things.
"It was good to regroup and come to the Durham Cricket Ground. It was not a very heavy session. But it was a session where all of us got together, regrouped, did the warm-ups together and played some football. We just want to ease into things," he said in that video.