Ravindra Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari are reportedly set to miss the home Test series against England next month because of injuries. Both the players are set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering injuries during the recently-concluded third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Ravindra Jadeja suffered a dislocated left thumb on the third day in Sydney after a short ball from Mitchell Starc hit him on his left thumb. The southpaw did not come out to field in Australia’s second innings but was later seen padded up in the dressing room on the fifth day of the game. The BCCI has already confirmed that he would miss the fourth Test against Australia and would head to the NCA for his rehab.
Hanuma Vihari, on the other hand, is set to be sidelined with a hamstring injury. The right-handed batsman hurt his hamstring while batting during India’s second innings in the Sydney Test. Vihari batted through the entire final session to clinch a remarkable draw for India, despite not being able to run between the wickets, making a 161-ball 23.
According to a report in The New Indian Express, the strict quarantine rule is making things more complicated for Team India’s injured players. For any injured player to join the squad in the bio-secure bubble, they need to clear the fitness test at the NCA at least seven days before. As a result, the players are in a race against time to be fit for the series which is scheduled to start on February 5.
Apart from Jadeja and Vihari, India have other injury concerns too with the likes of KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami all ruled out of the ongoing series earlier. The trio is also set to undergo a rehabilitation at the NCA before joining the squad in Chennai.
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