India tour of South Africa: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is soon going to announce the complete Indian squad for the tour of South Africa that includes three test matches and as many ODIs. The tour is scheduled to commence on December 26th after getting postponed by a week’s time following the concerns of the Omicron variant of coronavirus.
However, in the meantime, it has been learnt that the Indian selectors will not have many debatable options for the Indian test squad against South Africa. While a few players have sustained injuries, while some young players in the Indian test team have outplayed the likes of veteran players and are likely to be replaced which makes the squad selections way easier for the selection committee.
Both the all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel are injured. The former has sustained a ligament tear while the latter is learnt to have a stress fracture. Both the cricketers are likely to be sidelined for the tour.
“All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja suffered a right forearm injury during the 1st Test match in Kanpur. After undergoing scans, he was diagnosed with a swelling on his forearm. He has been advised rest and is thus ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai,” the BCCI release had stated ahead of the start of the Wankhede encounter.
If the reports are to be believed, Jadeja is expected to take months to recuperate well from his injury. He is foreseen to make a proper comeback in competitive cricket during the IPL 2022.
Opening batsman Shubman Gill has sustained a shin injury. He was, earlier, ruled out of the India tour of England due to his shin stress injury and is likely to be ruled out of the upcoming tour of South Africa with the same injury.
As far as Ishant Sharma’s selection is concerned, the pacer was benched in the second test match due to his poor form. He was replaced by Mohammad Siraj who is again likely to get a nod ahead of Ishant in the test series against South Africa, starting December 26.