India’s KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja have been ruled out of the second Test against England, denting the home side’s hopes of hitting back from their stunning opening match defeat.
The tourists secured an unlikely 28-run victory in Hyderabad yesterday after India were bowled out for 202 in their second innings chasing 231 – left-arm spinner Tom Hartley claiming seven for 62 on his Test debut.
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Rahul and Jadeja will not play in Visakhapatnam with the match starting on Friday. The former has a hamstring injury and the latter a problem with a quadricep.
Middle-order batter Sarfaraz Khan, spinner Sourabh Kumar and all-rounder Washington Sundar have been added to the India squad as replacements.
The news comes as another blow for India, who relinquished a position of control against Ben Stokes’ men to suffer just their third Test defeat on home soil since 2013.
Rahul made an impressive 86 in India’s first innings while Jadeja claimed five wickets in the match.
India will also be without key batter Virat Kohli for the second Test due to a personal matter.