India's Ravindra Jadeja speak with team members before the start of the day one of second test cricket match against New Zealand in Mumbai, India, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 | Photo: AP
Mumbai: Ahead of the second Test between India and New Zealand on Friday, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja have been ruled out due to injuries that they sustained during the first Test.
"Fast bowler Ishant Sharma dislocated his left little finger during the final day of the 1st Test match in Kanpur. He is thus ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai. The BCCI Medical Team will continue to monitor his progress. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja suffered a right forearm injury during the 1st Test match in Kanpur. After undergoing scans, he was diagnosed with a swelling on his forearm. He has been advised to rest and is thus ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai," BCCI said in a statement.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will miss the test due to the recurrence of his left-elbow injury which has troubled him for much of this year.
Tom Latham will lead the side in place of Williamson, who has been dealing with the tendon injury since it first emerged in the New Zealand home summer.
"Ajinkya Rahane sustained a minor left hamstring strain while fielding on the final day of the 1st Test match in Kanpur. Since he has not recovered completely, he has been ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai. His progress will be closely monitored by the BCCI Medical team," BCCI stated further.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli will be coming back to the playing XI and leading the hosts.
NZ Coach Gary Stead confirmed the injury had flared up during the first Test in Kanpur and with it failing to improve in the days following the match, the call was made to rule the captain out.
"It's been a really tough time for Kane having to deal with such a persistent injury," Stead said.
"While we've been able to manage the injury through the year and the T20 World Cup, the shift to Test cricket and the increased batting loading has re-aggravated his elbow.
"Ultimately the injury is still not right and while he got through the Kanpur Test, it was clear playing in the second Test wasn't an option," he further stated.
Stead informed that Williamson will require sustained rest.
"It's been a challenging year for Kane trying to manage his elbow and it's important we now formulate a good plan with him to ensure the injury does not continue to plague him.
"He will likely require a sustained period of rest followed by rehabilitation, strengthening and gradual batting loading."
Coming to the match, the toss for the second Test has been delayed due to the wet outfield here at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The pitch inspection will be done at 9:30 am.