Ahead of the second Test between India and New Zealand, both teams were dealt with big injury blows. For India, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma have been ruled out, while New Zealand will miss the services of skipper Kane Williamson.
Rahane suffered a minor hamstring injury on the final day of the 1st Test in Kanpur, while Ishant has a dislocated finger. Jadeja has a forearm injury which he picked up in the first Test. “Ajinkya Rahane sustained a minor left hamstring strain while fielding on the final day of the first test match in Kanpur,” the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said in a statement.
Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli will return to lead the side. Speaking about Williamson’s injury, the batter has been struggling with an elbow injury. The same had forced Williamson to miss a few games in recent times. In the absence of Williamson, Tom Latham will lead the side.
“It’s been a really tough time for Kane having to deal with such a persistent injury,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead said. “While we’ve been able to manage the injury through the year and the T20 World Cup, the shift to test cricket and the increased batting loading has re-aggravated his elbow.”
Meanwhile, the toss for the second Test has been delayed due to a wet outfield. Mumbai has received a lot of rain in the last couple of days.