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Ankle injuries may cause Suryakumar Yadav to miss T20Is against Afghanistan, but Hardik Pandya is unlikely to miss either: Report

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<p>Due to an ankle injury, star Indian hitter Suryakumar Yadav is anticipated to miss the three-match Twenty20 International series against Afghanistan in January. During the third Twenty20 International against South Africa, Suryakumar, who captained the Indian squad in the previous two T20I series, suffered an ankle injury while fielding.</p>
<p><img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-320051″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/theindiaprint.com-ankle-injuries-may-cause-suryakumar-yadav-to-miss-t20is-against-afghanistan-but-ha-750×422.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com ankle injuries may cause suryakumar yadav to miss t20is against afghanistan but ha” width=”1081″ height=”608″ title=”Ankle injuries may cause Suryakumar Yadav to miss T20Is against Afghanistan, but Hardik Pandya is unlikely to miss either: Report 3″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/theindiaprint.com-ankle-injuries-may-cause-suryakumar-yadav-to-miss-t20is-against-afghanistan-but-ha-750×422.jpg 750w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/theindiaprint.com-ankle-injuries-may-cause-suryakumar-yadav-to-miss-t20is-against-afghanistan-but-ha-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/theindiaprint.com-ankle-injuries-may-cause-suryakumar-yadav-to-miss-t20is-against-afghanistan-but-ha-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/theindiaprint.com-ankle-injuries-may-cause-suryakumar-yadav-to-miss-t20is-against-afghanistan-but-ha-390×220.jpg 390w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/theindiaprint.com-ankle-injuries-may-cause-suryakumar-yadav-to-miss-t20is-against-afghanistan-but-ha-150×84.jpg 150w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/theindiaprint.com-ankle-injuries-may-cause-suryakumar-yadav-to-miss-t20is-against-afghanistan-but-ha.jpg 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 1081px) 100vw, 1081px” /></p>
<p>After twisting his ankle, the 33-year-old may have torn it, and recovery might take more than a month.</p>
<p>The top hitter has gone to NCA for his recovery, per a report on PTI, and he may not be ready to play against Afghanistan in a three-match Twenty20 international series beginning on January 11.</p>
<p>“Surya has shown up at NCA for rehabilitation therapy, and the Medical Science team has determined that he is now wounded. He will not be allowed to participate in the three-week match against Afghanistan. He may play for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy in February to test his fitness before competing in the IPL since it is doubtful that he would be picked for Tests, a BCCI source told PTI on condition of anonymity.</p>
<p>Hardik Pandya, who is also probably going to miss the series, was not available, so Surya headed the team. The all-rounder from India is currently healing from an ankle injury he suffered in the 2023 ODI World Cup.</p>
<p>The person said, “As of right now, there is no update on Hardik’s fitness status and one can say that there remains a big question mark of him being available before the end of IPL.”</p>
<p>The selectors may have to ask Rohit Sharma to captain the team in the absence of Surya or Hardik unless they choose to go ahead and name Ravindra Jadeja as the series’ stand-in skipper.</p>
<p>However, Jadeja will play each of the five Test matches vs England, so he will need to manage his workload.</p>
<p>Due to a damaged finger, Ruturaj Gaikwad, a young batter who led the Indian squad at the Asian Games, would also be absent from the series.</p>
<p>Ruturaj Gaikwad, the captain of the Asian Games, has also fractured his finger and will miss the series.</p>
<p>To maintain wickets against Afghanistan, Jitesh Sharma</p>
<p>Ishan Kishan withdrew from the South Africa Tests lately citing “personal reasons,” and after spending the previous year traveling, there are tidings that the keeper-batter gave mental health priority.</p>
<p>There are rumors that Jitesh Sharma will take wickets in his absence and that he will not be available for Afghanistan.</p>
<p>“Player privacy is respected by the BCCI, and Kishan won’t be questioned about his decision to miss the Tests. Maybe Rahul didn’t want to stay around once it was revealed that he would be the keeper in the Tests. If you are not selected often, it does take a toll, the source continues.</p>


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