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Shami, Shami Set To Be Ruled Out Of Test Series

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Ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is probably going to be out for the duration of the five-match Test series against England, which is another blow to the Bazball-stung Indian squad. Both Jadeja and seamer Mohammed Shami, who is also expected to miss the remainder of the red-ball leg, would need extra time to fully recover from their hamstring injuries sustained during the first Test in Hyderabad.

During India’s pursuit in the fourth innings of the first Test match, southpaw Jadeja was run out for the first time in his Test career and injured his hamstring. He was already disqualified from the second Test, which is scheduled to start on Friday, February 2, 2024 at Visakhapatnam.

In the first Test, which India lost by 28 runs, the 35-year-old from Saurashtra took five wickets in two innings and amassed a total of 89 runs. Given that hamstring injuries often take four weeks to cure, Jadeja may not play in the remaining three games of the five-match series. The last Test match is scheduled for March 7–11 at Dharamsala.

Shami Jadeja

Shami, meanwhile, hasn’t played since his outstanding showing at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in November. He travelled to England to see a surgeon in addition to receiving targeted injections for his left ankle problem.

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It has come to light that the right-arm speedster may not be selected for the full series, despite not being selected for the first two Tests.

KL, a middle-order batter Rahul had surgery in 2022 to address problems in his right quadriceps, which prevented him from participating in the second Test. Rahul is still recovering at Bengaluru’s National Cricket Academy and it is unclear whether he will be available for the third Test, which begins in Rajkot on February 15.

The batting talisman Virat Kohli has also withdrawn from the first two Test matches for “personal reasons”. As a result, Rajat Patidar, who has not yet received a cap, has been named by the Board of Control for Cricket in India to replace Kohli.

Along with these additions, the home team has included all-rounder Washington Sundar, left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar, and middle-order batsman Sarfaraz Khan.

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