Both Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul are undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy.
Renowned Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is also probably going to be absent from the third Test match, which takes place at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot starting on February 15. Notably, Jadeja’s hamstring injury on Day 4 of the first Test in Hyderabad forced him to miss the second Test of the series, which was set to start in Visakhapatnam on February 2.
After that, on Tuesday, January 30, the southpaw started his rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. Since then, he has kept supporters informed about his progress in the form of regular updates. Recent events, nevertheless, suggest that it might take him longer than anticipated to fully heal from his injury.
Jadeja’s recovery is expected to take four to eight weeks, according to a report in Cricbuzz. It would be amazing if he could recover in time for the fourth Test, which is scheduled to take place in Ranchi from February 23 to 27. Shami’s circumstances are also not good; at the moment, the seamen is in London, and there is no word on when he will undergo surgery for an ankle injury.
It is believed that the speedster is receiving injection treatments and is not expected to play in the remaining games of the current series against England. In addition to the two, there are no facts regarding Virat Kohli’s unavailability; however, the Cricbuzz report indicates that the former captain of India is now abroad.
Rahul was rested by the BCCI as a precaution.
There is some good news for India amidst the mounting injuries: batsman KL Rahul should be healthy for the third Test. The 31-year-old was declared out of the second Test after complaining of tightness in his right quadriceps during the opening match. Given that Rahul is the team’s main batsman and that there is a significant amount of time between the second and third Tests, the BCCI apparently chose to rest him as a precaution.
A day before the second Test, England released their starting XI once more. Off-spinner Shoaib Bashir is expected to make his debut in place of Jack Leach, who is out with a knee injury. Mark Wood has been replaced by seasoned seamer James Anderson in the starting lineup.
However, the management of the Indian squad would face a monumental challenge in deciding on their playing lineup for the second Test, considering the sheer amount of injuries.