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With Mohammad Shami doubtful, Umran Malik in contention for Test debut

CricketWith Mohammad Shami doubtful, Umran Malik in contention for Test debut

Srinagar: Team India is struggling with injuries and the doubt about Mohammad Shami for the opening Test against Bangladesh has brightened the chances of Umran Malik to make his Test debut.

There are reports that Mohammed Shami and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja haven’t recovered from their respective injuries and could miss the two-match Test series that starts on December 14. Both Shami and Jadeja were a part of the ODI and Test squads for this tour but both missed the ODI’s.

BCCI haven’t yet shared an official update on Shami and Jadeja’s availability for the Test series but reports suggest both of them won’t travel to Bangladesh and will report to NCA instead to work on their fitness.

In that case there could be a three-way battle between Umran Malik, Navdeep Saini and Mukesh Kumar to replace the injured Shami.

Malik has been very impressive in his recent ODI outings in New Zealand and Bangladesh. His extra pace could come in handy on pitches that offer variable bounce as the Test match progresses.

Saini and Mukesh too will fancy their chances after having good outings with India A in the two unofficial Tests against Bangladesh A.

As far as Jadeja’s replacement is concerned, it could be Saurabh Kumar but the chances of the Uttar Pradesh youngster getting a game as India have Jadej’as like-for-like replacement Axar Patel already in the squad and if they need an extra spinner, Kuldeep Yadav can come into play.

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