Medical staff in India estimate that the opening may take at least eight weeks to recover
Details of the injury, including its exact nature, are still unclear. Throughout the World Trials final, Gill, who opened and even took a great diving catch in New Zealand’s first innings, showed no discomfort. Although this cannot be confirmed, it is believed that Jill likely picked up the injury during his last fitness training session.
This is Jill’s first injury since his test debut on the Tour of Australia at the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Series in 2020-21, as he impressed team management with a bold stance during the batting opener. Presently, Gill stays with the rest of the Indian team in London. He is believed to have expressed his desire to play in the latter half of the England tour, but the team management is expected to receive a final call soon.
BCCI has not sent any update on Jill’s fitness. Currently, the Indian team is on a three-week break that started from June 24. The team will be reassembled in Durham from July 15 and training, including playing two warm-up matches. It is understood that the BCCI recently made a new request with the European Central Bank to organize a practice match against a province so that Indians would have some quality match training ahead of the test series starting August 4 at Trent Bridge.
The second test will take place at Lords (12-16 August), the third at Headingley (25-29 August), the fourth at The Oval (September 2-6) and the fifth at Old Trafford (10-14 September). Immediately after the final test, the Indians will fly from Manchester directly to the UAE to participate in the remainder of the IPL 2021.
It is believed that Jill will be fully fit in time for the IPL, playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Nagraj Gulabudi News Editor at ESPNcricinfo