India pacemaker Umesh Yadav who limped with ripping pain in his calf muscle on the third day of the Boxing Day test against Australia on Monday will miss the third test of the series of four games. Speaking with ANI, sources aware of developments in the Indian camp said he wants to get 100 percent back for the final game. “His scans are in and he will also miss the third test. He will now look at a return for the last game of the series, as we have more than two weeks to go before we play the last game on January 15.” the source.
Asked how that puts the bowling unit, the source said that T Natarajan, who had a brilliant run in the limited overs series, could be added to the main testing team. “With limited options available, team management may request that Natarajan be added to the roster,” said the source.
The fast bowler underwent scans after complaining of pain in his calf muscle while bowling on the third day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Umesh limped over on completing his sequel on his fourth, after which he was returned to the locker room.
India is already without the help of pacemaker Mohammad Shami when he flew home after breaking his hand.
“Umesh Yadav complained of calf pain while bowling his 4th and was assessed by the BCCI medical team. He is now being taken for scans,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India had said in a media update.
While Umesh bowled just 3.3 overs in Australia’s second essay, he sent Joe Burns off to give the visitors the perfect start after the batsmen saw to India to end their first innings with a lead of 131 runs.
Speaking to the media at the end of the day, Mohammed Siraj did not update, saying, “The physio will provide an update on Umesh.”
Commenting on the team’s plan after Umesh walked out, Siraj said they strived to keep it tight and toss balls.
“After Umesh bhai left the field. We concentrated on bowling in tandem and kept our focus on bowling maiden overs and dot balls, as the wicket didn’t help much,” he explained.
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