The Indian players can be seen training under the watchful eye of VVS Laxman.© Twitter
Team India led by Shikhar Dhawan hit the nets ahead of the second ODI against South Africa in Ranchi on Saturday. The hosts are 0-1 behind the three-game streak after losing the rain-damaged 1st ODI in Lucknow by 9 runs. The BCCI took to social media to post some photos of the Indian cricketers training at the JSCA International Stadium Complex. In the photos, the Indian players can be seen training under the watchful eye of National Cricket Academy head VVS Laxman, who is replacing Rahul Dravid as head coach for the series.
Notably, Dravid is currently in Australia with Rohit Sharma-led India for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
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The Indian team suffered a major blow on Saturday when Pacer Deepak Chahar was ruled out for the remainder of the series due to a back problem.
He was replaced in the squad by all-rounder Washington Sundar.
Chahar is part of the 2022 T20 World Championship standby list and Indian team management are hoping he is fit in time for the marquee event.
After Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the tournament with a back injury, Chahar was in the running to replace Star Pacer in the main squad, particularly following his impressive performances in the T20Is against South Africa and after COVID-19 ruled out Mohammed Shami from the tournament T20I series against Australia and South Africa.
Chahar did not play the first game with Shardul Thakur, Avesh Khan and Mohammed Siraj forming India’s fast attack.
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