Ahead of the five-match Test series against England, the Indian team is dealt with another injury blow as spin bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar has been ruled out of the tour due to a fractured finger. Sundar is the third Indian player after Shubman Gill and Avesh Khan to be ruled out of the series.
Sundar represented the County XI against India in the warm-up game and was hit by a lethal delivery from Mohammed Siraj on the second day of the Test. A source close to the BCCI confirmed the development.
“Yes, Washy has a fractured finger just like Avesh who had a thumb dislocation. Both are out of Test series and will go home,” a senior BCCI official was quoted by My Khel.
The source further revealed that Sundar will need at least five weeks to recover thus it will be best for him to return home and let his finger heal. While Washington or Avesh were not first team regulars, they were an integral part of the contingent as net bowlers.
“It is sheer irony that both Avesh and Washington played for opposition and got hurt. But this is sport and injuries are part and parcel of life,” the source added.
The BCCI is yet to name replacements but many believe the board might consider sending Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Navdeep Saini to England after the Sri Lanka series. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the vice-captain of the white-ball squad in Sri Lanka, Saini is yet to get a game. India have won the three-match series by winning the first two games thus Saini can be seen donning the Indian jersey in the third ODI if India decide to rest some players. The final ODI will be played on July 23.
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