Versatile Washington Sundar, who recently suffered a shoulder injury in a List A game in Manchester, England, is doubtful for the Indian tour of Zimbabwe, where the team will play three ODIs.
The Indian team led by KL Rahul will depart for Zimbabwe on Saturday morning with VVS Laxman as the head coach. However, Sundar, who was due to travel to Harare from the UK, seems a dubious proposition due to his fitness, according to a report from Cricbuzz.
Sundar injured his left shoulder while diving on the pitch during a Royal London One-Day match between Lancashire and Worcestershire at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Lancashire County Cricket Club, which he represented, posted an update on social media.
“@Sundarwashi5 left the field after receiving treatment on his left shoulder following a hard landing (sic),” Lancashire County Cricket Club said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, National Cricket Academy (NCA) chief Laxman has been asked to lead the team in the absence of regular manager Rahul Dravid, who has just returned from a two-month tour of England, the United States. West Indies and the United States. Other support staff traveling to Harare include Sairaj Bahutule and Hrishikesh Kanitkar.
Notably, Rahul was a last minute addition to the 15-member squad announced earlier under the leadership of Shikhar Dhawan. It has been learned that Rahul was added at Dravid’s request in a bid to secure the striker vital game time ahead of the Asian Cup, which immediately follows Zimbabwe’s matches.
India will play three ODIs, as part of the ICC Super League in Zimbabwe, on August 18, 20 and 22, at Harare Sports Club. Zimbabwe have been in good form lately and beat Bangladesh in the ODI and T20 International home series which ended on August 10.
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