Pacer Jaydev Unadkat suffered a shoulder injury on May 1 while practising with the Lucknow Super Giants, dealing another severe setback to India's efforts to reach the World Test Championship 2023 final.
The seasoned pacer was already picked to India's 15-person final squad. The final is set to begin on June 7 at London's The Oval. But his most recent injury is a major worry for the Indian side, which is lacking in speed bowlers without injured sensation Jasprit Bumrah.
In advance of the LSG's most recent match versus Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Indian Premier League released a video of the player's injury event. After his delivery, Unadkat stumbled and fell awkwardly onto his left shoulder. The player is anticipated to recuperate in time for the championship match versus Australia, so it seems to be a minor niggle. As the BCCI and Indian management worry about Unadkat's availability for the championship game, Unadkat's scan reports are anticipated to arrive on Tuesday evening.
After a 12-year absence, Unadkat made his comeback to the international scene by playing in the second Test against Bangladesh in December 2022. He participated in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023, but in a spin-heavy series, he was given no opportunity.
The Indian squad will probably move back to a three-man pace attack since the surface at The Oval is predicted to be favourable to pacers. Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, and Unadkat will compete for the third position in the pace attack, with Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami serving as the leaders. Although Umesh and Shardul are currently dealing with minor injuries as well, it is anticipated that they will fully recover in time for the WTC final.
Unadkat was only allowed to play in three IPL 2023 games, during which time he failed to take up any wickets and let up 11.50 runs per over.