India’s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and batsman Rohit Sharma have been ruled out of the second Test beginning here on Friday, dealing a double blow in a time when opener Prithvi Shaw is to recover from a foot injury to the people.
With the trio unavailable for choice, India included Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav and Hanuma Vihari at a squad announced on eve of the second Test.
Ashwin suffered his back hurts during the first Test which India won by 31 runs while Shaw hurt his ankle while fielding prior to the series opener from the sole warmup game.
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Rohit was taken off the field in the second innings as Australia forced the 323-run chase with all the back injury and has, sadly, been not able to regain. In Rohit’s absence, Hanuma Vihari becomes a prime candidate to come in the installment for the No. 6 slot — which was the toss-up at the opening Test.
The injury of R Ashwin will come as a setback to India later he making the most of the rough patches and took six wickets to create a gap with line and length. The off-spinner bowled 86.5 overs in Adelaide — most he’s bowled in one Test. This comprised a marathon 52.5 overs in the second innings which were the most by an Indian bowler in the fourth innings.
Ashwin includes a history of abdominal and groin injury concerns in the past. Early this year, he played the Southampton Test with a groin injury against England. He overlooked the IPL 2017 with a groin injury which has been picked up throughout the 13-Test home season of 2016-17 of India.
To India’s favor, Optus’ green top will help seamers which would mean India could go with an all-seam attack. To fill in as a spin bowling option, Kohli can bowl over his arm along with his off-spin.
Shaw was seen as he continues to return to full fitness, running up and down the Adelaide Oval on the fifth day of the opening Test center. “Shaw is recovering well from his left ankle injury but still undergoing therapy,” BCCI said in a release.
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Replacing the injured Ashwin and Rohit are pacers Umesh Yadav and spin-bowling allrounder Hanuma Vihari and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, together with Ravindra Jadeja the spinner in the squad.
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