Pacers T Natarajan and Shardul Thakur have been added to India’s Test squad for the remaining two matches in Australia and will replace Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami, the BCCI announced on Friday.
The BCCI also confirmed that Rohit Sharma will be the vice-captain of the squad for the Test series. Cheteshwar Pujara was named deputy to Ajinkya Rahane for the Melbourne Test as Virat Kohli has returned to India. Now, with Rohit joining the squad for the last two matches, he will be assisting Rahane.
Umesh Yadav sustained a strain in his left calf muscle on day three of the second Border-Gavaskar Test in Melbourne. He underwent scans later in the day. The fast bowler cannot recover completely ahead of the remaining two Test matches and has been ruled out of the series. https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=thefield_in&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1344927373867634689&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fscroll.in%2Ffield%2F982883%2Ft-natarajan-shardul-thakur-added-to-indias-test-squad-to-replace-umesh-yadav-mohammed-shami&siteScreenName=thefield_in&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named T Natarajan as Yadav’s replacement.
Ahead of the Boxing Day Test, Shardul Thakur was added to the Test squad as Mohammed Shami’s replacement after the senior fast bowler suffered a hairline fracture in his right forearm.
“Both Shami and Umesh Yadav will head to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for further rehabilitation of their injuries. Rohit Sharma has completed his quarantine and has now joined the Indian Cricket Team in Melbourne,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a release on January 1.
Team India’s updated Test squad: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Mohd. Siraj, Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan