Mumbai India will now have to tour South Africa. Though Team India was supposed to be announced for this tour, it has been delayed due to injuries of many players. It is learned that at least four players have been injured and it will take time for them to recover. For this reason, these players will not be able to tour South Africa.
Injured players include Ishant Sharma, Rabindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel and Shubhaman Gill. According to a report, it may take several months for these four to become fully fit. Rabindra Jadeja and Ishant missed the second Test against New Zealand in Mumbai due to injuries. According to the report, Jadeja is suffering from ligament rupture. On the other hand, Ishant’s finger has been displaced. Rabindra Jadeja’s injury is worse news for Team India than Ishant’s tour of South Africa. Team India has players as substitutes for Ishant but lacks alternatives to Jadeja. Because left-arm spinner and batsman Akshar Patel is also not fit. She is suffering from a stress fracture. That is why the selectors now have no alternative to these two.
Ashwin will be India’s main spinner in the tour of South Africa. Although there was no place for two spinners, Jadeja and Akshar made great contributions with the bat. It will take a month for Jadeja’s ligament to rupture. If he has surgery, he will be able to recover on his own around the IPL. Speaking of Akshar Patel, it will take at least six weeks (one and a half months) to recover his initial investigation report. The selectors will decide to go to South Africa after discussing with the medical team.
It is believed that if both Akshar and Jadeja are not available, Shahbaz Nadeem and Sourav Kumar may be selected. Sourav Kumar is currently on a tour of South Africa with the Indian team.