Indian batsman KL Rahul was excluded from the rest of the Australian test series with a dislocated left wrist. He injured his wrist during an MCG Indian training session on Saturday.
Since then, India has flown to Sydney, where a third test is scheduled to start on January 7. The fourth test will resume on January 15. The series is currently at level 1-1.
Rahul will return to India for rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru and will take “about three weeks to fully recover and regain strength,” the BCCI said in a statement.
This could at least call into question the start of India’s four home series against England which kicks off in Chennai on February 5.
Rahul didn’t play Australia in either of the first two Tests, but he has the potential to join the XI in Sydney with Mayank Agarwal performing poorly at the top.
Rahul’s injury completes a long list of players unavailable for India. Ishant Sharma is suspended from touring in Australia due to an abdominal muscle injury.
Since the start of the test series, India has also lost the services of Virat Koli, who was sidelined on paternity leave, and fast bowlers Mohamed Shami and Umesh Yadav, who were injured in the first and second tests.
En route to the team, Rohit Sharma, who missed the first two tests, had to return to XI after joining the team in Melbourne after undergoing quarantine and being appointed to replace Captain Ajinkya Rahane.