Indian opener Ruturaj Gaikwad has been ruled out of the T20I series against Sri Lanka. He complained of wrist pain in his right hand on the day of the first T20I in Lucknow.
“Ruturaj Gaikwad complained of pain in his right wrist, which is affecting his batting. He was unavailable for selection for the first T20I. The BCCI Medical Team is examining him,” a spokesperson for the Indian team had said on Thursday.
It has now been confirmed that Ruturaj will be unavailable for the last two T20Is that will be played on Saturday, Sunday. In his stead, Karnataka opener Mayank Agarwal has been called up as the replacement, a source from BCCI stated.
“It was not difficult to send Agarwal in because it could easily be a bubble-to-bubble transfer. He was in Chandigarh and he was immediately rushed,” a source told Cricbuzz.
The Indian players left Lucknow and are quarantining in Chandigarh since the final two games will be played in Dharamshala. Ruturaj’s injury adds to the already long injury list, with Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Chahar, and KL Rahul ruled out prior to the series.
There were no replacements named after Suryakumar and Chahar were ruled out but the BCCI brought in Agarwal since he was readily available for the team.
India’s T20I squad for last two games against Sri Lanka:
Rohit Sharma (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Jasprit Bumrah (vice-captain), Avesh Khan and Mayank Agarwal.