India have suffered a major blow in their preparation for the second Test against England as young fast-bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been officially ruled out for the fixture at Lord's. Bumrah, who suffered an injury in the T20I series against Ireland, has already missed the complete limited-overs leg and the first Test.
It was expected that the bowler may make a comeback in the second Test. But all those hopes have been quashed away, with Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun revealing he isn't fit enough. He told media, "He (Bumrah) is bowling right now but it's too early to put him into a game like situation. We are waiting for the plaster to come off. He is out of contention for the second Test."
Virat Kohli and co. will have a selection headache, following the defeat at Birmingham. While the bowlers did their part, grabbing all the 20 wickets in the match, the batters failed to deliver. Barring Virat Kohli, who scored 200 runs in the Test, no other batter managed to make a half-century.
It is reported that the visitors may well recall Cheteshwar Pujara for Lord's, who was surprisingly dropped from the playing XI for the first Test. Even the Indian fans, including Harbhajan Singh, have made it clear that they want the Test specialist back in the team.
Harbhajan, who is a part of the commentary team in England was quoted by Mid Day as saying, “I don’t care who should be dropped, but the Lord’s Test playing XI must have Pujara. He is a player who can take the polish off the new ball and stay at the crease."
As for England, they announced their squad for Lord's earlier this Sunday. The host's announced their 13-man squad for the second Test, which saw two notable changes. Ben Stokes, the destructor with the ball in India's second innings, is left out due to his hearing in court, which is scheduled this week. He is replaced by Chris Woakes, who missed the first Test after recovering from an injury.
There is also a maiden call-up for young Ollie Pope, who comes in for Dawid Malan following his poor displays, both with bat and in field, in the first Test.