Suryakumar Yadav has been ruled out of the upcoming Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka.
He was spotted at India’s practice session in Lucknow yesterday, but the 31-year-old batsman has suffered a hairline fracture on his hand and was declared unfit for the white-ball series.
It remains unclear as to where and when exactly Yadav got hurt but it’s understood that he sustained the injury while fielding in the third T20I against West Indies at the Eden on 20th of February.
Yadav, who was adjudged Player of the Series in the T20Is against West Indies, is the second Indian player to be out of the Sri Lanka T20Is.
Deepak Chahar was also ruled out of the upcoming games in Lucknow and Dharamsala after picking up a hamstring injury in Kolkata.
After dismissing the West Indies openers in the run chase, Chahar walked off the field holding his hamstring without completing his second over.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India is not expected to name a replacement considering India have already been bolstered by the return of Jasprit Bumrah for this series.
Bumrah, who is returning after a break, has also been named vice-captain for the series.
Apart from the 28-year-old, India also have Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Mohammed Siraj and Harshal Patel in the squad.
Above all, a replacement for either player at this stage will not be possible given the bio-security protocols.
Consequently, this leaves India with a 16-member squad for the three white-ball games.
After the first game on the 24th of February, the next two T20Is will be played in Dharamsala on the 26th and 27th of February.