India were give a huge injury scare just hours before the team takes on Ireland in the first of the two T20Is at Dublin on Wednesday. All-rounder Washington Sundar injured himself during the team’s training session on Wednesday and hobbled off the field.
The 18-year-old landed awkwardly on his right ankle during a game of football and had to be attended to by team physio Patrick Farhat and trainer Shankar Basu immediately.
The extent of Sundar’s injury is not yet known and the BCCI are yet to make an official announcement regarding the same. The youngster has also been picked for India’s T20 and ODI squads for the series against England and as such, it remains to be seen if he can continue to play.
Washington Sundar suffered a minor injury while playing Football with the Team. He was seen limping out of the Training helped by Physio Patrick Farhat and Trainer Shankar Basu. #IREvIND #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/ixzzuvp3MT— Swapnil Shanbhag (@swapniltalks) June 27, 2018
In case the all-rounder’s injury is long term, India have a wealth of options to replace him with the India ‘A’ side currently touring England for a tri-series. The likes of Krunal Pandya and Axar Patel could fill in the spinning all-rounder’s slot in the team in case Sundar is ruled out.
Sundar has so far played one ODI and six T20Is for India already in his career so far and was adjudged as the player of the series in the Nidahas T20I tri-series held in Sri Lanka earlier this year.
With his injury on Wednesday, Sundar is unlikely to feature in the first T20I against Ireland. With India naming a strong squad for the series which serves as a precursor to their long tour of England, Sundar’s chances of being named in the playing XI were already slim as it is.
In the latest net session for team India, skipper Virat Kohli was seen in action while Manish Pandey had an extended session with the bat along with pacers Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. With Pandey’s extended session, it is likely that the batsman could feature in the playing XI on Wednesday which could cause Dinesh Karthik to miss out.
INDIA LIKELY XI
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (wk), Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
The limited-overs squad, led by skipper Virat Kohli, departed for Dublin from London on Tuesday. The Indians had been training at the Merchant Taylor’s school in London since Monday after arriving in England for their 11-week tour of the UK and Ireland.
Off to Ireland with someone photobombing behind us! 😂👍 pic.twitter.com/W7z729cq2d— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 26, 2018
Hours later, the BCCI posted images of the Indian team arriving in Dublin.
Both the T20Is between Ireland and India will be held at the Malahide Cricket Club ground in Dublin with the second match taking place on June 29.
Following the completion of the T20I series against the Irish, team India will return to London to resume their England leg of the tour. There, Kohli’s men will play a three-match T20 series which will be followed by as many ODIs.
The Indian will then complete their tour of the UK with the five-match Test series against hosts England which will culminate in the second week of September.
Karnataka batsman Agarwal proved once again that the Indian selectors have missed a trick by not giving him a shot in the senior team by smashing his third century in four games as India ‘A’ amassed 309-6 against England Lions in the tri-series on Tuesday.
Agarwal hit 112 from 104 balls to help India put up a challenging total. It came after knocks of 112 against the West Indies ‘A’ and 151 not out against Leicestershire in a warm-up game.
Gill too was in fine fettle on Tuesday as he scored his third fifty in four matches.
The India U19 World Cup winning star started the tour of England with 86 in a warm-up game against Leicestershire followed by 37 in the opening game of the tri-series against England Lions.
His picked up in the next game against the West Indies A, hitting an unbeaten 58 and then topped it by scoring 72 against the Lions on Tuesday.
Gill added 165 for the opening wicket with Agarwal as the Indians scored 309-6 in their 50 overs.
Agarwal’s knock included 10 fours and four sixes while Gill’s innings had ten fours and one six.
The form of the two batsmen gives the Indian management a lot of options during the long tour of England. With seamer Deepak Chahar in red-hot form, picking up five wickets in the last game, those in the senior team will have to be on top of their game or else these hopefuls will storm their way into the team