India forced to call up injury replacements for England tour

India suffered another injury blow on their tour to the UK when spinner Washington Sundar was forced to withdraw from the upcoming limited-overs matches against England because of an ankle injury.

Already reeling after seamer Jasprit Bumrah pulled out of the three-match T20 series against England, India will miss Sundar for the T20Is and the three-match ODI series that follows.

The 18-year-old Sundar, who has played in six T20Is and a single ODI, injured his ankle while playing football during a training session in Malahide prior to the two-match T20I series against Ireland, which the visitors won convincingly.

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The 27-year-old Krunal Pandya, a left-arm spinner and lower-order batsman, has been named as Sundar’s replacement in the T20I side, while another left-arm slow-bowler, Axar Patel, has been drafted in for the ODI series.

Bumrah fractured his left thumb during the first T20I against Ireland and subsequently missed the second game but is expected to recover for the ODI series against England that starts on 12 July.

The uncapped 25-year-old right-arm seamer Deepak Chahar,  who was hugely impressive for the Chennai Super Kings in this season’s IPL, will be a part of the T20I squad in the absence of Bumrah.

India’s three T20Is against England will take place on 3, 6 and 8 July.