Team India received a much-needed boost ahead of the third England vs India Test as their spin spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin is fit for the crucial game.
The off-spinner had suffered blows to his bowling hand while bowling in the second innings of the Lord’s defeat. The Tamil Nadu star had received the nasty-looking blow during the 34th of the innings. Sam Curran’s rising delivery had hit him on the right glove. And as soon as he set for the run, he was seen flinging in serious pain as he received the blow on his index finger. Ashwin soon threw his glove off before physio Patrick Farhart rushed to the ground.
The injury was looking nasty initially but fortunately it has not caused any serious damage. Ashwin is set to spearhead the attack in the third Test.
Hardik Pandya is also fit for the game. He too had suffered blow to his bowling hand while batting in the second innings.
In another news, pacer Jasprit Bumrah has also regained full fitness and is available for selection. The pacer has not played since injuring his right thumb during the first T20I against Ireland in June. He underwent surgery in Leeds on July 4 and underwent rehabilitation back in India. However, the selectors had named him in the squad.
Considering the way, India’s bowling unit struggled in the second game, Bumrah is likely to play the third Test.
Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli is in a race against time to get completely fit for the third Test. The 29-old was suffering with a stiff back during the second Test. He could not field on day four and came out to bat at number five. After the game, he had confirmed his availability. But at the same time, he had said that he might not be able to field or run between the wickets up to a 100 percent of his ability.
“Five days to go, (I) should be okay. (It’s the) lower back issue coming up again and again, purely because of the workload. Confident I’ll be fine in five days’ time,” Kohli had said at the presentation ceremony.