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Setback For India In Second Test Against England
IND vs ENG 2nd Test: In a significant setback for the Indian cricket team, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul will miss the upcoming second Test against England. The match is scheduled to take place in Vizag starting February 2.
Jadeja’s Hamstring Injury and Rahul’s Quadriceps Pain
Ravindra Jadeja’s absence stems from a hamstring injury sustained during the fourth day of the opening Test in Hyderabad. Meanwhile, KL Rahul reported discomfort in his right quadriceps, prompting his exclusion from the second Test lineup. The BCCI released an official statement regarding their unavailability, revealing that both players are under the supervision of the medical team.
Virat Kohli’s Absence Adds to India’s Woes
The absence of Jadeja and Rahul compounds India’s challenges, particularly in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, who missed the first Test due to personal reasons. The first Test ended in disappointment for India, losing by a narrow margin of 28 runs.
IND vs ENG 2nd Test: Squad Adjustments and New Additions
To fill the void left by Jadeja and Rahul, the Men’s Selection Committee has introduced Sarfaraz Khan, Sourabh Kumar, and Washington Sundar to India’s squad. Additionally, Saransh Jain has been named as Washington Sundar’s replacement in the India A squad for the upcoming fixture against England Lions.
Avesh Khan, part of the Ranji Trophy team, Madhya Pradesh, will remain with his side but stands ready to join the Test squad if necessary.
India’s Squad for the 2nd Test
The Indian squad for the second Test against England includes:
- Rohit Sharma (Captain)
- Shubman Gill
- Yashasvi Jaiswal
- Shreyas Iyer
- KS Bharat (Wicketkeeper)
- Dhruv Jurel (Wicketkeeper)
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Axar Patel
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Mohd. Siraj
- Mukesh Kumar
- Jasprit Bumrah (Vice-Captain)
- Avesh Khan
- Rajat Patidar
- Sarfaraz Khan
- Washington Sundar
- Saurabh Kumar
Recap of IND vs ENG 1st Test
Despite holding the advantage for most of the Hyderabad Test against England, Team India faced a disappointing defeat on the fourth day of the match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Chasing a target of 231 runs in the second innings, India was bowled out for 202, with Rohit Sharma’s 39 being the highest individual score.
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England’s debutant bowler, Tom Hartley, shone with figures of 7-62, contributing significantly to India’s defeat.
Head coach Rahul Dravid attributed India’s loss to missed opportunities during their first innings and the exceptional performance of England’s Ollie Pope, who scored 196 crucial runs in the second innings. Despite establishing a substantial lead of 190 runs in their first innings, India allowed England to bounce back, setting an attainable target of 231 runs for victory.
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Rohit Sharma acknowledged the team’s batting struggles and fielding lapses as contributing factors to their defeat, emphasizing the need for improvement ahead of the second Test in Visakhapatnam.