All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was on Wednesday ruled out of next month’s away three-match ODI series against Bangladesh after he failed to recover from his knee injury that kept him out of the recent T20 World Cup in Australia. Besides Jadeja, left-arm medium pacer Yash Dayal was also ruled out of the series due to a lower back issue. Jadeja had undergone a knee surgery after the Asia Cup in the UAE (August-September) and was then ruled out for an indefinite period.
Fast bowler Kuldeep Sen and all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed have been named as their replacements. ”The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named fast bowler Kuldeep Sen and all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed as replacements for Yash Dayal & Ravindra Jadeja for the upcoming 3-match ODI series against Bangladesh in December,” the BCCI said in a statement. ”Dayal has a lower back issue and is ruled out of the series while Jadeja is yet to recover from his knee injury and will continue to be under the supervision of the BCCI Medical Team.” Kuldeep and Shahbaz were initially named in the squad for the three-match ODI series in New Zealand, starting November 25 in Auckland. But according to BCCI, the duo will now be a part of the squad travelling to Bangladesh. ”No replacements have been named for the ODI squad currently in New Zealand,” the statement read. Bengal’s Abhimanyu Easwaran will lead India A against Bangladesh A in the two four-day match shadow series, starting November 29 in Cox’s Bazar.
The second four-day match will be played in Sylhet from December 6 to 9.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Umesh Yadav, who are part of the Test squad, will be featuring for India A in the second game to get some game time. PTI on Tuesday reported that Jadeja is unlikely to regain full fitness ahead of the Bangladesh Test series, starting December 14 in Chittagong. India are due to play three ODIs and two Tests in Bangladesh and a full strength team under Rohit Sharma will visit the neighbouring nation.
India will play two Tests — December 14-18 in Chittagong and December 22-26 in Mirpur — after a short three-match ODI series (December 4, 7, 10).
Updated India squad: India’s squad for New Zealand ODIs: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (vc and wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar, Umran Malik. India’s squad for Bangladesh ODIs: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Shreyas Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Sen. India A squad for 1st four-day game: Abhimanyu Easwaran (c), Rohan Kunnummal, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Yash Dhull, Sarfaraz Khan, Tilak Varma, Upendra Yadav (wk), Saurabh Kumar, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Mukesh Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Atit Sheth India A squad for 2nd four-day game: Abhimanyu Easwaran (c), Rohan Kunnummal, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Yash Dhull, Sarfaraz Khan, Sarfaraz Khan, Upendra Yadav (wk), Saurabh Kumar, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Mukesh Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Atit Sheth, Cheteshwar Pujara, Umesh Yadav, KS Bharat (WK).