The Indian bowling all-rounder Axar Patel recovered from the injury and has now officially replaced left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav for India’s 2nd Test against Sri Lanka, kicking off from Saturday.
The Indian team management released Kuldeep Yadav from the squad. Axar Patel was recovering from a shin injury due to which he was forced to miss the India tour to South Africa and the T20 series India played against West Indies. Axar was also tested positive for COVID-19 recently.
“Axar was the first choice but had to undergo recovery and hence Kuldeep was a backup. Now Axar is fit and back so Kuldeep has been released” a BCCI source told PTI.
While announcing the squad for the 2-Test series against Sri Lanka, the BCCI had said Axar was expected to be fit for the 2nd test match against Sri Lanka.
Kuldeep last played a Test match for India in February 2021 which is like more than a year from now and the comeback of Axar took away the opportunity from the chinaman.