England in India 2012-13 November 26, 2012

Injured Umesh Yadav out of third Test

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Fast bowler Umesh Yadav, who was ruled out of India's second Test against England due to a lower back injury, will miss at least the third Test of the series too, which starts in Kolkata on December 5.

Yadav, the most effective of India's pace bowlers in the series-opener in Ahmedabad, will not recover in time despite there being a prolonged break ahead of the Test. "The injury is more serious than it was thought to be, so the team will have to make do without him for at least another Test," an insider told ESPNcricinfo.

It was learnt that Yadav, who has been advised "at least 10 days' rest" by a specialist in Mumbai, will get a short break along with his team-mates. While England will remain in Mumbai before leaving for Kolkata on November 30, India's players have been given time off and have been asked to report in Kolkata on December 2. Yadav will join the squad in Kolkata to be monitored by physiotherapist Evan Speechley*.

As a result of Yadav's injury, the national selection panel will have another reason to ponder over the bowling attack when they sit down, on Tuesday, to finalise the India squad for the remaining two Tests and the two Twenty20 internationals that follow before England fly home for Christmas.

After Yadav was ruled out of the Wankhede Test, on the eve of the game, the team management chose to ignore Ishant Sharma and Ashok Dinda, who was called in as late replacement for him, and played all the three spinners in the XI instead. However, the trio of Pragyan Ojha, R Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh was outdone by England's Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar, meaning changes are on the cards.

Sandeep Patil, India's chief selector, and his colleagues will have to decide whether one of Piyush Chawla or Amit Mishra, the legbreak bowlers who have proven their fitness in the Ranji Trophy, is a better choice than Harbhajan as the third spinner. Returning to Test cricket after a 14-month break, Harbhajan returned match figures of 23-1-84-2, with lower-order batsmen Stuart Broad and James Anderson his only victims. Harbhajan, though, is one game shy of becoming the tenth India cricketer to have made 100 Test appearances. Dinda is set to remain in the fifteen.

There are unlikely to be any changes made to the batting line-up, despite the top order's failure at the Wankhede.

With India having failed to impress for the third consecutive time in the World Twenty20, in Sri Lanka in September-October, it will be interesting to see the new selection panel's T20 combination. These selectors are set to pick a squad for the shortest format for the first time, and it might not be a surprise if there is a major shake-up to that unit, which failed to make it past the Super Eights stage at the World T20.

*18:19GMT, November 26: This article has been updated

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Naresh28 on November 29, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Lets face it. RAHANE AND TIWARI are test class players. They should be in the team for next two games. The selectors promised us before the series started. Yet we see the same failure faces in TEAM INDIA. DINESH KARTHIK is defenitelty a better bat than DHONI. RAHUL SHARMA and MURALI KARTHIK should be spin options.

  • vikram246 on November 29, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    I think yuvi and kohli not made for test so give also rest and Zahir not effective bowling so change three player and give chance to Rahane, Murli vijay and Ishant Sharma

  • dummy4fb on November 27, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Dinesh karthik has been in good form and was the opener in the test series we won in England last time.I have seen him bat recently and is as good a player as anyone you can find in the domestic circuit.Only if our captain has as much interest in team building as the fans seem to have

  • Raggie on November 27, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Bringing out Yuvraj due to emotional decision back fires. Everyone knows that he is not a test material and his test career is gone long. WHy do they keep picking him and raina instead of giving chances for Rahane, Bist, Rohit, Tiwari, Dhawan etc

  • DaisonGarvasis on November 27, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Well even though I am a die hard Sachin Fan, I must say every game Sachin "clings on" to playing without performing he is losing respect. I dont know if he is continuing for one more "record" of playing 200 tests!!! If he is performing all this wouldnt have come in to picture but he is playing poorely and is denying the opportunity of youngster who could play these games Sachin is wasting and get the experience of International Cricket. I will be sad when Sachin retire but everything has a time and I think its time for Sachin to retire.

  • analyseabhishek on November 27, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Rahane in for Yuvi is a tough decision but a logical one. Raina is an equal bunny for Swann as Yuvi is. Rahane is a technically correct batsman and adept in these conditions. Plus he is a player for the future as well. Bring a wrist leggie as a third spinner is no doubt a good appraoch. The only problem is that both of India's leggies. Mishra and Chawla, are inconsistent and one never knows which side of the bed they get up from!

  • dummy4fb on November 27, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Let Dinda play this test. Home ground, good peace, young and energetic. He isn't a bad choice at all...

  • HARISHGUDRY on November 27, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    No any major changes are expected as always, plz don't select any player just bcoz of one or two good performance in domestic cricket - just like Yuvaraj Singh. He's been tried n tested material at test level n never succeeded so far, same thing with M.Vijay, no idea what made the selectors to pick Harbhajan without even a good domestic show. That's Indian cricket. Why don't we an opportunity to Badrinath? He's much more experienced & talented player but never given the handful opportunity... so sad...

  • neerajprasher on November 27, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Sehwag out Rahane in,Gambhir out M Vijay in,Zaheer out Ishant in,Yuvraj out Kaif in,harbhajan out Pathan in.Chwala and Mishra is not even doing anything special.pick the team according to Ranji Performance.

  • dummy4fb on November 27, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Spin department is a major concern for India. Indian spinners are playing more shorter format cricket and not bowling right lengths and lines in test match cricket. We are also not having options to replace Ashwin and Harbajan. If we rank our Indian spinners surely they are not at top 5 or 6 in the world. We need to produce world class spin bowler else we can't win test matches.

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