Indian veteran pacer replaces injured Mohammed Shami for the Test series against Bangladesh

Veteran pacer received a call-up to the Indian Test squad for the upcoming series in Bangladesh as a replacement for the injured Shami.

Rohit Kumar
Dec 10, 2022 08:59 IST
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Indian Cricket Team (Source - Twitter)

Indian Cricket Team (Source - Twitter)

A veteran pacer at the domestic level, Jaydev Unadkat didn’t get an opportunity to be a part of India's Test side since his debut in South Africa way back in 2010. But the left-arm pacer has been a tireless performer at the domestic level, leading Saurashtra to laurels. He was also the highest wicket-taker of the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy with 67 scalps.

Finally, Unadkat received another call-up to the Indian Test squad for the upcoming series in Bangladesh as a replacement for the injured Mohammed Shami. Besides Shami, the touring Indian team had been struggling with injuries to players such as skipper Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Sen, and Deepak Chahar who were earlier ruled out of the ODIs.

India A captain Abhimanyu Easwaran and left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar have been asked to stay back in Bangladesh as backups for captain Rohit and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Rohit suffered an injury while attempting to take Bangladesh opener Anamul Haque Bijoy’s catch in the second ODI on December 7. Meanwhile, Jadeja is yet to recover fully from a knee surgery that he endured in September earlier this year.

India will look to avoid the whitewash

India will look to put up a fight in the third and final encounter of the bilateral One Day International (ODI) series against hosts Bangladesh on Saturday. Rohit-led Team India suffered their second straight defeat at the hands of a spirited Litton Das-led side in the recently concluded 2nd ODI at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz's unbeaten century powered Bangladesh to a memorable win over India in the 2nd ODI. With the thrilling win over the Rohit-led Team India, Bangladesh have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. India's misfiring stars would like to get their mojo back in the dead rubber before the start of the Bangladesh Test series.

After the conclusion of the ODI series, Bangladesh will play a two-match Test series with India in the second edition of the World Test Championship. India will play the Test series opener against hosts Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.

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