India vs England: Ravichandran Ashwin’s injury adds to India’s worries ahead of Edgbaston Test
This development has left the team management worried as the bowling attack has already been weakened due to the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.cricket Updated: Jul 27, 2018 16:42 IST
Team India’s injury woes just don’t seem to end as premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has now joined the list of the walking wounded. Ashwin has not taken any part in the first two days of the warm-up match against Essex after taking a knock on his right hand during practice.
This development has left the team management worried as the bowling attack has already been weakened due to the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. While Bumrah suffered a fractured thumb even before the start of the tour, Kumar aggravated his back injury during the limited overs series in England.
The Indian bowling unit struggled on the second day of the match against Essex in the absence of these three key bowlers.
The Indians were dismissed for 395 after resuming on 322-6 on the second day. The home team then reached 237-5 at stumps after half-centuries from Tom Westley (57) and Michael Pepper (68), with the Indians bowlers struggling in the hot conditions at Chelmsford.
Ashwin has been a key figure of this Indian team and his efforts with the ball have helped Virat Kohli’s men reach the top spot in ICC Test rankings with some outstanding performances on home soil.
The off-spinner holds the record for being the fastest to pick up 300 Test wickets. But with youngsters Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal breathing down his neck, Ashwin has had a tough time ever since he lost his limited overs spot to the two youngsters.
The left arm wrist spin of Kuldeep Yadav created problems for the English batsmen during the limited overs series and that led to him being named in the Test squad as well.
If Ashwin fails to recover in time for the first Test at Edgbaston, Yadav could well be India’s first choice in the playing XI ahead of Ravindra Jadeja.
First Published: Jul 27, 2018 13:17 IST