The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made significant changes to the Indian squad for the second Test against England, following injuries to Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul. Sarfaraz Khan, a consistent performer in domestic cricket, received his maiden Test call-up, generating widespread excitement on social media.

Borderless Congratulations

India’s Suryakumar Yadav extended warm greetings to Sarfaraz, acknowledging the batter’s achievement. Surprisingly, across the border, Pakistan’s opening batter, Imam-ul-Haq, also congratulated Sarfaraz on his Test call-up, emphasizing the camaraderie transcending boundaries.

Injury Woes for India

Ravindra Jadeja suffered a hamstring injury during a quick single on Sunday, while KL Rahul complained of pain in his right quadriceps. Rahul, with a history of thigh injuries, underwent surgery last year, making his recent ailment a concern for the Indian team.

Unavailable Stars

With Virat Kohli already absent for personal reasons in the first two Tests, the absence of Jadeja and Rahul adds to India’s challenges. The injuries compound the pressure after England secured an unexpected 28-run victory in the first Test, going 1-0 up in the series.

Jadeja and Rahul’s Impact

In the first Test, both Jadeja and Rahul played pivotal roles. Jadeja’s all-round performance, including five wickets and an 87-run innings, showcased his invaluable contributions. Rahul’s substantial batting contributions, including an 86-run score, added to India’s initial advantage.

Key Replacements

The injuries prompt considerations for replacements. Washington Sundar, known for his promising performances, could fill Jadeja’s spot, leveraging his spin-bowling skills. While Sarfaraz Khan secures a well-deserved call-up, Rajat Patidar, part of the initial 15, may also be in contention for a debut in Vizag.

BCCI’s Official Statement

The BCCI officially confirmed the exclusions, stating, “Mr Ravindra Jadeja and Mr KL Rahul have been ruled out of the second IDFC First Bank Test against England in Vizag, starting February 02, 2024.” The medical team is closely monitoring their progress.

Overall Test Series Outlook

As India faces challenges with key players unavailable, the second Test becomes pivotal for reclaiming momentum. The unexpected setback in the first Test urges the team to regroup and strategize against England’s resilient performance.


Sarfaraz Khan’s inclusion adds a fresh dimension to India’s lineup, with fans and cricketers from both sides of the border acknowledging the batter’s achievement. As the Test series unfolds, India navigates through uncertainties, aiming for a turnaround in Vizag.

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