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India have been dealt with yet another blow ahead of the second Test against Bangladesh. Their regular skipper Rohit Sharma has already been ruled out of the second Test and now pace bowler Navdeep Saini is also out of contention with an abdominal muscle strain. He was added to the squad after performing decently for India A on Bangladesh tour but will have to wait more for his chance.
Navdeep Saini last played a Test in Australia last year when Indian team had suffered from a spate of injuries in their squad. Interestingly, he hadn’t bowled after a certain period due to injury in that game as well. Saini will now report to NCA to recover from injury.
Meanwhile, BCCI, in their press release, has also confirmed Rohit Sharma’s unavailability for the second Test. According to the medical team, it will take more time for his finger injury to heal completely and will continue his rehab.
“Rohit Sharma is under the care of the BCCI Medical Team following his left thumb injury, which he sustained during the 2nd ODI against Bangladesh in Dhaka. The Medical Team is of the opinion that the injury needs some more time to heal completely before the Indian captain can bat and field with full intensity. He will continue his rehab and will not be available for the second and final Test against Bangladesh.
“Navdeep Saini is also ruled out of the second Test owing to an abdominal muscle strain. The fast bowler will now report to the NCA for further management of his injury,” BCCI’s press release stated.
India likely to be unchanged for 2nd Test
As far as India’s playing XI is concerned, the team management is unlikely to disturb the winning combination after a stunning victory in the opening Test. Unless there are injury concerns, the team is likely to field the same playing XI. The likes of Jaydev Unadkat and Saurabh Kumar might have to wait for their opportunity.
India’s updated squad for 2nd Test against Bangladesh: KL Rahul (C), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara (VC), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), KS Bharat (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Saurabh Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat
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