A key member of Team India will be unable to participate in the second Test, which will be held in Delhi.
In the opening encounter of the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India defeated Australia by an innings and 132 runs. With this, Team India took a 1-0 lead in the series. The series’ second Test will be contested in Delhi. While Squad India hopes to extend their advantage, the Australian team hopes to mount a comeback. However, before this encounter, the Indian squad received some unpleasant news.
Shreyas Iyer, the star batsman who was forced out of the first Test owing to a back ailment, is currently undergoing ‘rehab’ at the Nations Cricket Academy (NCA). As a result, the team management did not want to risk featuring him in the second Test match.
The second Test between India and Australia begins on Friday at Ferozeshah Kotla, and it is unclear if Iyer will play. Iyer is undergoing ‘strength and conditioning’ training, but in order to return to international level, he must play at least one domestic match with the squad.
As a result, Iyer cannot be fielded directly in a Test match since he will have to field for 90 overs and may have to bat for an extended period of time. It would be fascinating to watch if Iyer is included in the Rest of India team by the Chetan Sharma-led selection committee to show his fitness for the Irani Cup match against Madhya Pradesh from March 1 to 5.
The selection committee had requested that Ravindra Jadeja play a Ranji Trophy match to demonstrate his fitness. While Jasprit Bumrah’s recuperation from a stress fracture has been delayed, the Indian team management will not risk playing him in the three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against Australia after the four-match Test series.
Bumrah is expected to be needed for the World Test Championship final, which will be hosted at the Oval in London from June 7 to 11, as well as the ODI World Cup, which will be staged in India later this year. So there is a chance that Bumrah will make a comeback for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL this year, where his workload will be closely controlled.
Jadeja, the first Test’s player of the match, returned to the nets at the VCA Stadium in Jamtha for an optional training session ahead of the second Test, which begins in Delhi on Friday. Cheteshwar Pujara, the senior batsman, accompanied Jadeja. At Feroz Shah Kotla, Pujara will play his 100th Test match.