India in England 2011 August 3, 2011

Injured Yuvraj and Harbhajan out of Test series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have been ruled out of the rest of the England Test series following injuries sustained during the second Test at Trent Bridge. A board statement said they would be out of action for four and three weeks, respectively - the final Test starts on August 18. Virat Kohli and Pragyan Ojha have been called up as their respective replacements ahead of the third Test at Edgbaston.

Yuvraj fractured his left index finger on the fourth day at Trent Bridge while facing up to a bouncer from Tim Bresnan, and the injury is expected to take four weeks to heal. Bresnan banged in Yuvraj's eleventh delivery short of a length, and it climbed fast towards the batsman's neck but the ball hit him on the index finger of the left hand and Yuvraj threw the bat away immediately, wincing in pain. He continued batting, until he was dismissed by another disconcerting bouncer from Bresnan, and later went to a hospital in neighbouring Derby. Based on the scans a decision was taken to consult a specialist in London.

Harbhajan has a Grade I abdominal muscle strain, which limited his role as a bowler in the Test match to just 13.4 overs, increasing the workload on India's seam attack. He's also been in poor form, managing only two wickets in the first two Tests.

Ojha, who was set to join Surrey for the County Championship and the CB40 one-day competition, will now instead join the Indian side. Kohli was dropped from the Test side following patchy performances on his debut Test series in the West Indies, but Yuvraj's injury gives him a second opportunity.

Harbhajan's absence will allow Ojha to tussle with legspinner Amit Mishra, who was in the original squad, for the spinner's slot in Birmingham, unless India decide to play a four-seamer attack provided Zaheer Khan is fit. An all-pace attack, however, will be weighed against India's current problems with maintaining a proper over-rate.

The injury means that Harbhajan will have to wait until later in the year to play his 100th Test. He is currently on 98 and would have reached the landmark at The Oval, the venue of the final Test of the series.

India are also waiting to see what sort of fitness and form Virender Sehwag is in. He missed the first two Tests while recovering from shoulder surgery and, having landed in London on Wednesday, is expected to join the team in time for the tour game in Northamptonshire.

It is not yet clear whether Zaheer, who suffered a hamstring injury during the Lord's Test after bowling only 13.3 overs and missed Trent Bridge, will be fit to play at Edgbaston. Gautam Gambhir - another player who missed out at Trent Bridge following an injury picked up in the first Test - is also fit to play.

India play a two-day tour game against Northamptonshire on August 5 and 6, ahead of the third Test from August 10. India trail 0-2 in the four-match series.

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  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Well simply an good idea to pick ojha instead of ashwin as he was not an test bowler.. and picking kohli in front of rohit sharma was nice.. but didnt know the fact that why the veteran opener waseem jaffer was continuously missing from the squad??

  • Fiona on August 5, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    I agree with 5wombats am waiting for the dates to be confirmed next year against sa , think they will give us a better run for the money.

    I like Smiths attitude he doesnt make excuses or whinge.

    I also notice that there are no SA fans posting on here saying "what about us," thats because they know like England fans that you its ok if you can talk the talk but far better to walk the walk.

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    too many injuries in the Indian side they really need a fit team. too much cricket?

  • Vinay on August 5, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    Ojha ahead of Ashwin? Ridiculous. Also, after Kohli's failures against WI, Rohit Sharma deserved better. Yuvraj's test career is over or at least should be.

  • Martin on August 4, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    @TJM101; "You might as well turn it on its head and say India can't be the world's No1 one side unless they beat England in England" - yes indeed! and well put! I am also getting very tired of all this bull about England not being number one until they "beat a full strength india" or "beat india in india". Who says? How about any country that fancied their chances coming over here and having a go? I can't wait to see Eng V SA or SA V Eng now. I know we lost at home last time - England were in disarray with the departure of Fletcher and the change of captain form Vaughan to KP. KP wasn't a smart move - but the Saffers were too good for us. They wouldn't be now and I reckon we could beat them over there too. The Saffers are the only team who could give England a game at the moment.

  • Ahsan on August 4, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    harbhajan is dropped, not injured because of his poor bowling!

  • zuber on August 4, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Go India fight for it, save the series, give the 100% of your talents and skills, we know you can do it!!!

  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    @radhakrishana, i do see englands performance in a different way. Usually test cricket is considered as the best format in cricket. If india team can not perform in test cricket it is just like getting high marks in term tests and failling in the advanced level. If you not perform in advanced level you wont be considered as the best student in the class. Although im srilankan,england is the best student of the class for the moment.

  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    Ind now want SL help they need a good batting coach like kumar, Mahela bowling coach like lasith :D :) that's the way they can even near the target sl lost but marginally that's the cricket we play

  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    The injuries to Harbhajan and Yuvraj Singh are blessing in disguise to Dhoni as he will not be left with the problem of tossing between Raina and Yuvraj for a spot in the middle order. Harbhajan's injury has is a big relief as he must have been thinking in his mind how to drop him from the playing eleven. With Srhwag and Gambhir returning to the line up we hope India will put it across England in the next two tests and retain the number one spot. We have seen Dhoni has been a very lucky captain and hence table will get turned in the next two tests.

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