The Indian fast bowler, Navdeep Saini will be undergoing scans to ascertain the extent of damage done to his left shoulder after an ugly fall while fielding in the second T20I against Sri Lanka. Saini, who did not bowl a single over in the game, was taken off the field in the penultimate over of the Sri Lanka innings when he fell on his left shoulder.
The Delhi speedster was left out of the playing XI for the third T20I and it is yet to be seen whether it’s a bruise or he is nursing a serious injury, which could require a longer lay-off. Tweeting about the same, BCCI wrote: “UPDATE: Navdeep Saini suffered a left shoulder injury while fielding during the second T20I vs Sri Lanka on 28th July.”
UPDATE: Navdeep Saini suffered a left shoulder injury while fielding during the second T20I vs Sri Lanka on 28th July.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 29, 2021
BCCI statement further stated, “Navdeep Saini suffered a left shoulder injury while fielding during the second T20I vs Sri Lanka on 28th July. He might have to undergo scans to ascertain the extent of the injury. His progress is being monitored by the medical staff.”
With eight of its players in isolation the following all-rounder Krunal Pandya’s positive COVID-19 test, the depleted Indian team lost the second T20I by four wickets on Wednesday.
Describing the extent of Saini’s injury, bowling coach, Paras Mhambrey said, “In Navdeep’s case, I think the medical team is handling him. We will assess the situation, maybe tonight or in the morning, and take a decision accordingly. And I think, once the decision is finalized and conveyed to the selectors and the coach, I think we will go ahead and then if needed we need to make any changes, we will do that.”
Put into bat, India was restricted to a modest 132/5 with skipper Shikhar Dhawan top-scoring with a 40.
The hosts chased the target with four wickets in hand and two balls to spare with Dhananjaya de Silva hitting a match-winning unbeaten 40. The series deciding the third T20I is being played at the same venue this evening.