Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Navdeep Saini likely to miss third T20I after injuring left shoulder on the field

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Team India’s injury and selection crisis deepens with Navdeep Saini a major doubt for the series decider tomorrow. The pacer injured his shoulder while fielding in the second innings.

The visitors endured a narrow loss to Sri Lanka in the final over to take the series into the final match. Sri Lanka chased the 133 run target with 2 balls to spare against an Indian team with 4 debutants. India had eleven eligible players in their squad for this match and they fielded them all.

Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana and Chetan Sakariya made their T20I debut int his match. A lackluster display on a slow surface meant that India could only post 132 on the board. Skipper Shikhar Dhawan led the scoring with 40 runs. Debutant pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devdutt Padikkal contributed at the top while the thin middle order faltered.

Chetan Sakariya was assigned the task of bowling the final over. The left-arm seamer had to defend 8 runs off the final six deliveries, which the hosts were able to scale with ease. Ahead of the final T20I, Team India will have to revamp their team combination once again, as they are now faced with an injury issue.

Navdeep Saini likely to miss third T20I after injuring left shoulder on the field

Navdeep Saini suffers an injury to his shoulder

The pacer injured his shoulder while attempting a catch in the penultimate over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled the all-important penultimate over.

Charith Karunaratne had struck a six earlier in the over to steer the contest in the favour of Sri Lanka. With 10 required off 8 deliveries, the pacer bowled a delivery wide off the stumps on a good length.

The batsman proceeded to swat at the ball over cover, but he got the shot high off his bat, bringing short cover into action. Navdeep Saini, placed at short cover, leaped at full might to make contact with the ball. However, it turned out to be too high and the ball evaded his grasp. To make matters worse, Saini landed awkwardly on the ground and was seen immediately clutching his left shoulder in pain.

India will have to turn towards one of the net bowlers to be drafted into the playing eleven. Sai Kishore, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Warrier are some of the options that the management can opt for.

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