Umesh Yadav is one of the most prominent pacers in Test cricket for India. He took part in both the Tests so far of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy, claiming four wickets. He injured his calf during the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, which was won by India.
India has been dealt with yet another setback in the bowling department, as prime pacer Umesh Yadav has been ruled out of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy's remaining two Tests. He has suffered a calf injury and would not be able to recover during the series.
During the third ball of his fourth over in the Boxing Day Test, in Melbourne, he limped over, in the first innings. He was immediately in discomfort, as the physio was called in, while he left the field shortly afterwards. He underwent scans later and the results were not as promising.
As per a report by ESPNCricinfo, his replacement is to be named shortly, alongside seamer Mohammed Shami's replacement, who suffered a fractured wrist in the opening day-night Test, in Adelaide. Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj had made his debut in place of Shami, in Melbourne.
With Umesh, India has now suffered a third setback in the pace bowling department. Ishant Sharma was the first to be ruled out before the series, as he failed to recover in time form his abdominal muscle strain.
As for Umesh replacement, either of Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan and Kartik Tyagi are likely likely to get the nod ahead. Meanwhile, for Shami, India already has Navdeep Saini in the squad but could add another medium of backup.
Among the replacements, Saini, Natarajan and Tyagi are yet to make their Test debuts. Meanwhile, Shardul has already played a Test and is a firm favourite to get the nod, while he can also come in handy with the bat if needed.
Among the prominent pacers, only Jasprit Bumrah now resides in the team. Meanwhile, veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has played a considerable role in the side's success, so far, in the series, along with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.
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Last Updated Dec 31, 2020, 4:03 PM IST