England are heading to Visakhapatnam after winning the opening Test in Hyderabad by 28 runs. Ben Stokes has a major headache after Jack Leach has been ruled out of the game. The veteran spinner had sustained an injury and bowled very few overs in the game.
Shoaib Bashir is set to debut for England after the youngster joined the touring party. The 20-year-old had to go back home after he was denied an Indian visa. This sparked massive controversy with a few former cricketers calling for a boycott of the Indian tour.
Team India also are set to miss KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja owing to injuries. While Ravindra Jadeja has suffered a hamstring injury, KL Rahul is down with a Quadriceps injury. It is believed either Sarfaraz Khan or Rajat Patidar will play their first Test for India on Friday.
Jack Leach misses out as Shoaib Bashir is set to debut for England –
In what is a huge blow ahead of the India vs England 2024 second Test, Jack Leach has been ruled out due to injury. Young Shoaib Bashir will become the second debutant on the tour as he has joined the rest of the England squad.
Tom Hartley had made his debut in the first Test and proved himself with the ball. During India’s second innings, Tom Hartley picked 7 wickets to help his side win the game. Visakhapatnam is expected to be another testing pitch for the batter. As per reports, the spinners will play a major role during the game.
Zak Crawley while speaking to BBC Sport said “He’s a tough cookie. You can never write him off. He had a sore knee in the last game and we’ll see how he pulls up. He is still in contention to play”
The English opener also said “Obviously it would be a shame for Leachy to miss out, he’s a fantastic bowler, but we’ve got good depth. We’ve got a good spin attack and good seamers to back them up”
Finally speaking about Shoaib Bashir, this is what Crawley said “He’s a great kid. He’s got a lot about him. He knows what he is trying to do with his bowling and he backs himself. I like that and feel like if he got his chance in this series he would go well”