5 Indian players who might be selected for England Test series due to current injury woes

5 Indian players who might be selected for England Test series due to current injury woes

A number of youngsters can get a chance to represent themselves on the big stage in the purest format of the game. 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar of Indi
Bhuvneshwar Kumar of India. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Team India has been plagued with a truckload of injuries in the ongoing tour of Australia. Almost all the main bowlers and a handful of batsmen of the Men in Blue have suffered injuries in the recent past. The pace sensation Ishant Sharma was already unavailable for the Australia series after suffering an injury during IPL 2020 while Mohammed Shami also had to return back to India after sustaining a fracture on his right arm in the first Test. 

This was followed by Umesh Yadav and KL Rahul packing their bags. In the third Test against Australia, which resulted in a draw, India had to deal with some massive blows as Ravindra Jadeja dislocated his thumb while batting and Hanuma Vihari suffered a hamstring injury in the Sydney Test. 

Adding to the misery, the only experienced pace bowler left with the Indian squad, Jasprit Bumrah, also registered his name in the long list of injury woes for India as he suffered an abdominal pain while fielding in the Sydney Test. However, one man’s loss is another man’s gain. 

Owing to the absence of many key players in the Test series against England, starting from February 5 in Chennai, a number of youngsters can get a chance to represent themselves on the big stage in the purest format of the game.

Here are 5 Indian players who might be selected for England Test series due to current injury woes –

1. Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. (Photo source: Twitter)

Wily leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has established himself as a go-to-man for captain Virat Kohli in ODIs and T20 Internationals since his debut in a One Day game against Zimbabwe on June 11, 2016. He is the favourite bowler of the skipper when the team is in trouble and needs crucial wickets of opposition batters. 

Thus far, Chahal has represented India in 54 ODIs and 45 T20Is scalping 92 and 59 wickets at an economy rate of 5.20 and 8.29 respectively. The leg-spinner has also played 31 first-class games for Haryana picking 84 strikes at an economy of 3.06. 

Despite having stellar numbers under his belt, the 30-year-old is waiting to don the white Jersey for India on the big stage. The spinner is in contention of getting his much-awaited Test debut Cap against England if the injury woes for India continue.

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