London, Aug 19: India's hopes of pulling one back in the current Test series against England was dealt a serious setback when India's most successful bowler this tour Praveen Kumar, was ruled out due to a sore thumb. But the latest word from the dressing room is that the seamer has sustained an ankle injury.
In a statement on Thursday afternoon, Anirudh Chaudhry, the Indian team manager: "Praveen Kumar was suffering from pain in his left ankle from an injury sustained while bowling in the 2nd innings of the 3rd Test Match between England and India at Edgbaston. Treatment was administered to him and he has been responding well to treatment. However, there are still some residual symptoms in his ankle due to which he was ruled out of the 4th Test between England and India at the Kia Oval."
Praveen had taken 15 wickets from the three matches in the series so far at a respectable average of 29.63. Being way ahead in terms of efficacy and performance to his fellow seamers, he was considered a key man towards India's hopes of improving their fortunes on the tour. But during the dying overs of India's secondinnings in the third Test, Praveen was struck on the thumb by English speedster James Anderson.
The latest infirmity of Praveen's could very well hinder his chances of retaining his place in the Indian squad for the upcoming One Day series against England, which was announced on Aug 6. A sore thumb, a sprained ankle... what next? A broken heart?