In a setback for Team India, both KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja have been ruled out of the second Test against England in Vizag, following the team’s 28-run defeat in the series opener. Ravindra Jadeja sustained a hamstring injury during Day 4 of the first Test in Hyderabad, while KL Rahul complained of right quadriceps pain.
The BCCI Medical Team is closely monitoring their progress, and their availability for the subsequent games remains uncertain. In response to these setbacks, the Men’s Selection Committee has made three additions to India’s squad for the second Test. Sarfaraz Khan, Sourabh Kumar, and Washington Sundar join the team as reinforcements.
Sarfaraz Khan showcased his prowess in the India A squad, contributing a brilliant 161 in a recent victory over the England Lions. Washington Sundar, another addition, demonstrated his all-around capabilities by securing two wickets and scoring a half-century in the same match.
These changes come as Team India seeks to bounce back from their defeat in the first Test and level the five-match series. The inclusion of new faces provides an opportunity for fresh talent to make an impact in the upcoming Test.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 29, 2024
Avesh Khan, the pacer, will continue to travel with his Ranji Trophy team (Madhya Pradesh) and may join the Test squad if required, according to the BCCI. With KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja sidelined, the team faces the challenge of reshuffling its lineup and finding the right balance to overcome England.
The medical team’s ongoing assessment will determine the extent of injuries and the timeline for the players’ return to the field. As the series progresses, Team India aims to regroup and deliver a strong performance in the remaining matches against England.
India’s updated Squad for 2nd Test vs England: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (WK), Dhruv Jurel (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Avesh Khan, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Washington Sundar, Sourabh Kumar.