Star India all-rounder doubtful for Visakhapatnam Test; Washington Sundar in line for comeback

Having conceded an early lead to the visitors, India will look to bounce back strongly in the second Test starting February 2nd.

Sarah Andrew
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India are sweating over the fitness of Ravindra Jadeja

India's hopes of a triumphant start to the home series against England were dashed yesterday in Hyderabad, succumbing to a disappointing 28-run defeat in the first Test. While the result itself was a crushing blow, the potential loss of star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja to a hamstring injury cast an even deeper shadow over the team's morale.

Ravindra Jadeja, who was at the heart of India's fightback in the first innings with a defiant 87, appeared to pull his hamstring while scrambling for a non-existent run on Day 4. His dismissal, a dramatic run-out, proved to be the turning point in the match. His potential absence in the upcoming Vizag Test would leave a gaping hole in the Indian lineup, both in terms of batting and bowling. While addressing the media after the game, head coach Rahul Dravid conceded that he wasn't aware of the gravity of the injury. "I honestly haven't had a chance to speak to the physio as yet. Once I get back, I'll speak to him and see what it is about," he said.

An assessment of the injury's extent is expected today, but the chances of Jadeja featuring in the second Test are minute at the moment. As per standard procedure, his scan reports will be sent to a Mumbai institute for a professional medical opinion, expected by tonight. The team might choose to tread carefully instead of rushing him as it is a long serious and further aggravation could prove to be a major dent to India's hopes of maintaining their envious home record.

Washington Sundar is in line for a comeback

Replacing Jadeja will be a monumental task. India could opt to recall Washington Sundar or give a game to Kuldeep Yadav. Kuldeep who played his last Test back in December 2022, will add variety to the attack as opposed to Sundar. However, Sundar's inclusion will give the team batting cover. Hence, the decision will not be easy for Dravid and Co.

The second Test will get underway on February 2 and India will be desperate to make a strong comeback and level the series. The game promises to be an interesting one as India's ability to bounce back will be tested against a confident and fearless English unit under the inspirational Ben Stokes.

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