T. Natarajan has replaced Umesh Yadav in India’s Test squad for the last two matches against Australia. The left-seamer was highly impressive during the T20I series against Australia and is now been added to India’s Test squad. Umesh Yadav sustained a strain in his left calf muscle on Day 3 of the second Border-Gavaskar Test in Melbourne. He endured scans later in the day and is now confirmed that he will not recover completely ahead of the remaining two Test matches and has been ruled out of the series.
The BCCI released an official statement in which they named Natrajan as the replacement for Umesh Yadav. Also, Shardul Thakur has been named the replacement for Mohammed Shami who fractured his arm during the first Test.
T. Natarajan replaces Umesh Yadav in India’s Test squad
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.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma has completed his quarantine and has now joined the Indian Cricket Team in Melbourne. The star Indian batsman has begun his outdoor training in Melbourne as is expected to play the remaining two Tests at Sydney and Brisbane. Coming back to Natrajan he stayed with team India after the T20I series and worked as a net bowler. Now after an unfortunate injury to Umesh he has been included in India’s Test squad for the first time in his career.
Team India Test squad: 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, T. Natarajan