The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are in a state of a muddle after some Indian players sustained untimely injuries ahead of India’s tour of South Africa. India’s governing body was supposed to announce the squad a couple of days ago. However, that wasn’t the case because of unexpected injuries to the players.
As a result, the Indian national cricket team is likely to be without several top players for the upcoming assignment. As per the report from Indian Express, the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Shubman Gill, Axar Patel and Ishant Sharma could miss the flight owing to injury issues and fitness concerns.
Notably, all four players were involved in the just-concluded two-match Test series against New Zealand. Ishant Sharma who played the first Test was dropped for the second Test due to injury. Jadeja was also not part of the second Test as Jayant Yadav replaced him in the team as the third specialist spinner.
Four Indian players could miss out on taking part in the upcoming tour of South Africa
Meanwhile, these four cricketers are likely to warm the bench for a considerable amount of time until their injuries heal. The report says that all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja sustained a ligament tear. This is mainly the reason why he is likely to be sidelined from the upcoming tour.
On the other hand, Axar Patel sustained a stress fracture and he can not be involved as well. However, these two spinners’ absence wouldn’t hurt the team badly because of the greener wickets in South Africa.
The wicket offers plenty of seam and bounce and which helped the fast bowlers to dominate the proceedings. So, the Indian team management wouldn’t mind playing with one spinner in seam-friendly conditions.
Ravichandran Ashwin who didn’t feature in the Test series against England might get the first preference this time.“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,” the BCCI release had mentioned ahead of the second Test in Mumbai.