India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test: Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma ruled out with injuries
- India will be without the services of Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja after the BCCI informed that all three players have sustained injuries.
India will be without the services of Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja for the second Test against New Zealand in Mumbai after the BCCI informed that all three players are battling respective injuries.
The scheduled 9:00 AM toss at the Wankhede Stadium was delayed due to wet outfield caused by incessant rain in the city over the last two days, forcing an inspection at 9:30AM. However, moments before the official word was out, the BCCI, in a release, informed about the three injury woes.
Surprisingly, all three injuries, as the BCCI revealed, were sustained during the first Test in Kanpur, with Ishant dislocating his little finger on Day 5 of the first match. Jadeja too hurt his forearm, which after scans, showed a decent amount of swelling. Rahane, meanwhile, injured his hamstring while fielding on the last day of the first Test. The Indian vice-captain's injury though comes as a bit of a surprise since the batter turned up for the indoor practice session on the eve of the Mumbai Test on Thursday.
"Fast bowler Ishant Sharma dislocated his left little finger during the final day of the 1st Test match in Kanpur. He is thus ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai. The BCCI Medical team will continue to monitor his progress," the BCCI informed on Friday.
"All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja suffered a right forearm injury during the 1st Test match in Kanpur. After undergoing scans, he was diagnosed with a swelling on his forearm. He has been advised rest and is thus ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai.
"Ajinkya Rahane sustained a minor left hamstring strain while fielding on the final day of the 1st Test match in Kanpur. Since he has not recovered completely, he has been ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai. His progress will be closely monitored by the BCCI Medical team."
With three big players out, it will be interesting to see who takes whose place in the Playing XI. While Kohli replacing Rahane and Mohammed Siraj taking Ishant's place in the team is certain, who will come in as Jadeja's replacement will be key. Ideally, with India likely to go in with three spinners, Jayant Yadav should be a like for like replacement. The off-spinner also has a Test century, which he scored against England in 2016. There could also be for Kohli the temptation to play an extra batter.
If India are battling injury concerns, New Zealand developed troubled of their own as it was announced that captain Kane Williamson will not be taking part in the Mumbai Test. Williamson has been ruled out due to a troubled elbow, which has bothered him for the most part of the year 2021.
"Kane Williamson will miss the second and final Test against India in Mumbai as he continues to battle the left-elbow injury which has troubled him for much of 2021," the BlackCaps tweeted.