India's Washington Sundar reportedly ruled out of T20 series against England, Krunal Pandya likely replacement

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Sundar suffered an ankle injury during the Ireland T20 series.

India were dealt a double injury blow ahead of their limited-overs clashes against England with Washington Sundar joining Jasprit Bumrah on the sidelines.

Pacer Bumrah was ruled out of the three-match T20I series after injuring his thumb off his own bowling during the first T20 between Ireland and India at Dublin. While the fast bowler’s injury was initially suspected to be a lot worst, he is now said to be in contention for the ODI series which will follow the three T20 clashes.

Rajasthan pacer Deepak Chahar, who is currently on a tour of England with the India ‘A’ side, has been called in to replace Bumrah for the T20I series. Chahar impressed with the new ball in hand for champions Chennai Super Kings in the recent IPL and has been in good wicket-taking form in the ongoing tri-series in England also involving the English Lions and West Indies ‘A’ team.

Krunal Pandya is in frame to replace the injured Sundar.

Krunal Pandya is in frame to replace the injured Sundar.

Sundar, who landed awkwardly on his right ankle during a game of football ahead of India’s first T20 clash against Ireland, is said to have been ruled out of the England T20 series too. While there has been no official confirmation on the spinning all-rounder’s injury status as of yet, reports suggest that he will be replaced by Krunal Pandya.

Krunal too, like Chahar, has been in England for some time now with the India ‘A’ squad after showing some consistent performances for Mumbai Indians in the IPL.

The T20 series between England and India is due to get underway on Tuesday at Old Trafford in Manchester. The ODI series to follow will begin on June 12.

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India suffered a major blow before the start of the tour of England as fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the T20 series.

The three-match T20 series between England and India starts in Manchester on Tuesday and Bumrah was ruled out of it after picking up a finger injury during the first T20 against Ireland in Dublin.

Bumrah injured his left-hand thumb and didn’t play in the second T20 on Friday which India won by 143 runs.

ESPNcricinfo reported that India ‘A’ fast bowler Deepak Chahar has been selected as a replacement.

Bumrah has emerged as the No1 bowler across formats for India. Virat Kohli was banking on Bumrah to be fit for the entire tour as the 24-year-old pacer has raised his white-ball and red-ball game dramatically since the start of the year.

According to reports, Bumrah might miss the three-match ODI series as well to be fully fit for the five-match Test series against England that begins on August 1.

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Members of Indian team on their way to Manchester. Image: Siddarth Kaul/Twitter.

The Indian team arrived in Manchester on Saturday to begin the England leg of the tour.

India pacer Siddarth Kaul posted images of the team leaving for the UK earlier in the day.

The first match of India’s three T20s against England will be held in Manchester on Tuesday.

The three-match ODI series begins in Nottingham on July 12 and the five-Test series in Birmingham on August 1.

India finished the Ireland leg of their nearly three-month long tour with a 143-run win in the second T20 on Friday.

The 2-0 series win put Virat Kohli’s team in the right frame of mind for the bigger challenge against England as the Indians aim to consolidate their position as the No1 Test team and also look to clinch the No1 spot in T20s.

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