IND v ENG: Yadav to Replace Thankur for Ahmedabad Tests

India vs England Second Test Updates
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Last updated on 17th February 2021

Published: 17/02/2021

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Umesh Yadav is set to replace Shardul Thankur for the final two Tests against England in Ahmedabad.

He will be undergoing a strict fitness assessment before he joins team India for the final two Tests.

India’s victory in the second Test has given them a slight advantage of England.

Thankur leaves to play Vijay Hazare Trophy

This replacement comes as Thankur is released from Test duty to play for Mumbai in the domestic 50-over competition.

He travels to Jaipur before the start of the competition which starts on February 20.

Joining Thakur at the Vijay Hazare Trophy will be reserve Priyank Panchal, opener Abhimanyu Easwaran and left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem.

Yadav’s return after Boxing Day injury

Yadav has spent the last few months recovering from a recent calf injury he received playing against Australia on December 26.

Because of this, he will need to go through a detailed fitness assessment at the NCA before he can join the Kohli-led squad.

If this assessment is in his favour, he will join the fast-bowling Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj.

Other updates from Team India

Other than this, it seems that Shubman Gill will be returning for the third Test.

This indicates that the forearm injury that stopped him from playing on the fourth day of Test 2 might not be so serious.

Just in case the situation is to get worse, Mayank Agarwal, who is the third opener, has been kept as a stand-by.

Batting reserve KL Rahul has kept his place on the team too after being drafted for the second Test.

The third India vs England Test

The third Test is set to start on February 24.

The results of the final Tests will be of utmost importance to both sides.

Not only for the series, but for the chance to take on New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship at Lord’s in June.