India vs Sri Lanka: Jayant Yadav or Axar Patel could be called up as backup for Kuldeep Yadav

PTI, Aug, 09 2017

New Delhi: Left-arm spinner Axar Patel or off-spinner Jayant Yadav could be summoned as the 15th member of the Indian team due to Ravindra Jadeja's suspension from the third Test against Sri Lanka, starting 12 August.

While Kuldeep is a certainty in the playing XI for the final Test match, the team management wants to keep a cover for the young chinaman bowler.

Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad is currently in Pallekele for the third Test and is expected to take a call after discussions with coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli.

File photo of Jayant Yadav. AFP

File photo of Jayant Yadav. AFP

Axar is currently in South Africa, where he is playing the tri-nation one day series of the A teams.

"Since Axar will be finishing his one day engagements by Tuesday evening, he can join the team by Thursday (10 August). Logically, he is a like for like replacement in absence of Jadeja," a BCCI official, who can't be officially quoted, told PTI on Tuesday.

However Jayant can't be ruled out altogether as he was the part of the Test squad when India last played a Test series against Australia, earlier this year.

Jayant was selected for the South Africa A tour but currently is in India as he recently lost his father.

"If one looks at how the selectors have gone about their job, the four premier Test spinners during home series were Ravichandran Ashwin, Jadeja, Jayant and Kuldeep. While Kuldeep is ahead in pecking order, if selectors follow the pattern, then Jayant can also be summoned," the official said.

While the Haryana lad has suffered a personal tragedy but there are examples in Indian cricket with biggest of them being Sachin Tendulkar, who played the World Cup after his father passed away.

Very recently, young stumper Rishabh Pant played an IPL match for Delhi Daredevils, less than a week after the bereavement.

Meanwhile, senior left-hander Suresh Raina will be appearing for a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy.

"After months of hard work it's time for an evaluation. Off to NCA! Looking forward," tweeted Raina.

Raina's appearance for a fitness test keeps him in contention for a place in the Sri Lanka bound ODI squad along with A team skipper Manish Pandey, who has had a fabulous tri-series in South Africa.

Yuvraj Singh and Rishabh Pant may have to make way in the limited overs squad.

Raina was among the five standbys for the Champions Trophy.

Published Date: Aug 08, 2017 | Updated Date: Aug 09, 2017



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115