The five-match India vs England T20I series is set to get underway on Friday, March 12 at Ahmedabad. With just two days remaining for the high-voltage series to begin, India find themselves in a tough situation as spinner Varun Chakravarthy and all-rounder Rahul Tewatia have once again failed to clear the mandatory fitness Test by the BCCI.
Notably, this is not the first time Varun Chakravarthy will miss out on a potential India debut. The Kolkata Knight Riders spinner was also picked up for India’s T20I series against Australia based on his impressive IPL 2020 performance where he picked up 17 wickets for the franchise and ended up as their leading wicket-taker. However, a shoulder injury ruled him out of the Australia tour.
Varun had an extensive rehab at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru after which he was picked in the India squad for England T20s, subject to fitness Tests. In order to be a part of the Indian squad in white-ball formats, it is mandatory to clear the fitness tests.
As per BCCI’s new parameter of fitness, a player either needs to score 17:1 in the Yo-Yo Test or cover 2 KM in the time frame of 8.15 minutes (bowlers) and 8.30 (other players).
Mumbai Indians spinner Rahul Chahar who has played one T20I for India and who is with the India team as a net bowler, is likely to replace Chakravarthy.
In the meantime T Natarajan had to be withdrawn from the T20 series due to knee injury and is now currently recovering at NCA