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India vs Sri Lanka: Navdeep Saini Injures Shoulder, Doubtful for Third T20I

Navdeep Saini has hurt his shoulder in Colombo.

Navdeep Saini has hurt his shoulder in Colombo.

Things are getting pretty bad for Team India which is now running out of players to say the least. Earlier Krunal Pandya was diagnosed with Covid-19 which also saw a number of players getting isolated.

India were having a good time but it seems the tide have now changed for the Men in Blue. The Shikhar Dhawan led side, which is already missing key eight players due to Covid-19’s stringent protocol, will now may miss another fast bowler. Yes, Navdeep Saini had sustained a shoulder injury and this may mean that he won’t be available for the third and final T20I against Sri Lanka tonight.

The incident took place during Sri Lanka’s chase last night at Colombo. Saini was fielding at extra cover when he tried to catch a ball hit by Chamika Karunaratne. Although Saini leapt into the air, he couldn’t reach the ball. Later, he landed on his shoulder and winced in pain.

Things are getting pretty bad for Team India which is now running out of players to say the least. Earlier Krunal Pandya was diagnosed with Covid-19 which also saw a number of players getting isolated. With Saini now getting injured, it needs to be seen how management pulls together a playing eleven.

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first published:July 29, 2021, 13:21 IST