It is not clear when Shubha picked up the injury. She was seen with the ring finger of her left hand in a splint in the dugout when India bowled on Friday. However, there were no visible signs of the injury when she had attended the post-match press conference after play on Thursday’s first day. She also took part in India’s pre-play warm-up routine on Friday.
It is understood that Shubha had gone for scans between the first and the second day. She now faces a race to be fit for the Australia Test match starting at the Wankhede Stadium next Thursday.
Shubha scored 69 in India’s first innings – the top score in India’s 428 all out – in what was her international debut, but didn’t bat in India’s 186 for 6 declared in the second innings or field in either of England’s innings.
“Shubha gave us a very good start. [Sending her at No. 3] was our coach’s decision. He saw how she was batting and how she was taking the game ahead,” Harmanpreet said. “So he said if we can send her one down, she can give us a solid start, the way we expected.”
It has been an eventful few weeks for 24-year-old Shubha. Days after receiving her maiden India call-up for the Tests against England and Australia, she was picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the auction for WPL 2024.
“I can call it as just my time,” she said on Thursday. “I see only good side of it right now and it feels amazing – one after another good news coming up. Feels amazing to be part of.”