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T Natarajan to replace injured Umesh Yadav in India’s Test squad


Indian pacer Umesh Yadav sustained a strain in his left calf muscle on Day 3 of the second Border-Gavaskar Test in Melbourne. He underwent scans later in the day. The fast bowler will not recover completely ahead of the remaining two Test matches and has been ruled out of the series.

T Natarajan is Yadav’s replacement

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 Mohd. 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 made vice-captain

Rohit Sharma, who has just completed his mandatory 14-day quarantine period, has been named as the vice-captain for the remaining 2 Test matches against Australia. Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara was named the vice-captain after regular captain Virat Kohli returned to India to attend the birth of his first child.

The destructive opener missed the limited-overs leg of India’s tour Down Under as well as the first two Tests but is available for selection for the third Test in Sydney. Rohit passed a fitness test and reached Sydney earlier this month but he was not able to join the squad ahead of the Melbourne Test due to hard quarantine rules.

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On December 30, Rohit Sharma received a warm welcome from his teammates and the support staff as the star batsman was seen sporting a face mask as he walked into the team hotel.

Team India Test squad

The team India test squad includes 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, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur and T Natarajan.


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