Mohammed Shami and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who were nursing injuries before the third Test, have been ruled out of the fifth and final Test against England at Chennai starting December 16.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement on Sunday that its medical team had confirmed that Shami had soreness in his right knee and that he had been advised “rest and rehabilitation”. The fast bowler had complained of stiffness in his right leg during the third Test at Mohali and was replaced by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar for the fourth Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Shami will now be proceeding to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru for a recovery programme.
Saha, who had suffered a hamstring tendon injury in the second Test against England at Visakhapatnam, is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the NCA. He was replaced by Parthiv Patel, who had staged a comeback after eight years in the third Test at Mohali.
India currently lead the five-match series 2-0 and are on course to seal the series in Mumbai.