Mohammed Shami, who is injured, is expected to be replaced by left-arm bowler Jaydev Unadkat in the Indian Test squad for the two-game series against Bangladesh beginning on December 14. Unadkat, a seasoned local player, has not played in a Test match for India since making his debut there in 2010. The left-arm pacer, though, has excelled at the local level and helped Saurashtra win awards. With 67 kills, he also has the most wickets in the 2019–20 Ranji Trophy. With 19 kills in 10 games, he led all wicket-takers in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He has taken 353 wickets overall in 96 first-class games.

Unadkat is now in Rajkot awaiting the conclusion of his visa procedures and is anticipated to join the Test team in Chattogram during the next few days, according to ESPNCricinfo.

Shami, who traveled with the team to Bangladesh for both the ODI and Test matches, has been ruled out due to a shoulder injury sustained during the series’ pregame warm-ups. There have been rumors that India A pacers Navdeep Saini and Mukesh Kumar, who both played well in the recently finished two-match unofficial Test series against Bangladesh A, may be called upon to fill in for Shami, but the team management has decided to go with Unadkat’s expertise.

If Unadkat is selected to participate in any of the Tests in the series, he may break the record for the longest interval between two Tests by an Indian. Parthiv Patel, a former member of India, now holds the record. He had to wait eight years before making a Test return.

India As back-ups for captain Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran, and left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar have been requested to remain in Bangladesh. Due to their injuries, none of them is likely to go to Bangladesh. Although Rohit’s fitness was put on hold by the BCCI, it would take a miracle for the skipper, who has returned to Mumbai to visit a doctor, to recover from a dislocated thumb. On December 7, during the second ODI, he was hurt while trying to catch Bangladesh starter Anamul Haque Bijoy.

KL In the first Test match in Chattogram, Rahul and Shubman Gill are scheduled to start the batting. Rahul, the designated vice-captain of the tour, will also lead India if Rohit doesn’t return. However, official confirmation of such is still pending.