New Delhi: Ishant Sharma's replacement and Ravichandran Ashwin's will be in focus as national selectors meet to pick squads for the remaining ODIs and the first two Tests against South Africa.
The lanky pacer's hamstring injury means he will miss out on the remainder of this ODI series. When fit, he will only return to the side for the 2nd Test after serving a one-Test ban.
"He felt some discomfort with his hamstring and decided not to take any chances. He was in constant touch with Vikram Rathore (selector from North Zone) throughout the Ranji match. At this point, it seems he should be fit before the second Test which is four weeks away," a BCCI official told the Times of India.
The injury to in-from Ravichandran Ashwin, who suffered a side strain during the first ODI in Kanpur has compunded the problems for India is the bowling department.
“After making a detailed assessment of the injury, the BCCI medical team will confirm the time frame required for Ashwin to fully recover from the injury,” a BCCI release had said.
Ravindra Jadeja has emerged as a dark horse as a potential replacement for the off-spinner.
The Saurashtra all-rounder scored 149 runs at 74.50 in the two Ranji Trophy matches this season and picked up 24 wickets at an average of 8.25.
If Ashwin isn't fit, it remains to be seen whether selectors give Jadeja another chance.