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Suryakumar Yadav Ruled Out For Seven Weeks Due To Grade-II Ankle Injury. India faces a notable setback with key batsman Suryakumar Yadav sidelined due to a Grade-II ankle injury. The 33-year-old is anticipated to be out of action for about seven weeks, until February 2024. During the third T20I against South Africa, Suryakumar Yadav suffered the injury while fielding, and subsequent scans confirmed its severity.

Consequently, Yadav won’t feature in India’s upcoming three-T20I series against Afghanistan, set to commence on January 11. He is slated for a recovery period at the NCA, with hopes of regaining fitness and securing his return to the national team thereafter.

“He’ll need an extended recovery period and is expected to undergo rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy,” a BCCI insider told the Indian Express, confirming Yadav’s absence from the Afghanistan series.

Due to Hardik Pandya’s ongoing recovery from his ankle injury sustained during the 50-over World Cup, Surya received the T20I captaincy. With Pandya still sidelined, the BCCI might need to identify a new captain for the Afghanistan series, starting shortly after the South Africa Test series concludes.

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The upcoming home three-T20I series against Afghanistan, set to begin on January 11, will notably miss Suryakumar Yadav. The board assigned him the role of captain for the Twenty20 International team, replacing Hardik Pandya, who remains sidelined due to an ankle injury he sustained during the 50-over World Cup.

India Turns Attention To Tests Following ODI Series Victory

After securing victory in the ODI series against South Africa, Team India is setting its sights on the forthcoming Test matches. While the T20I series ended in a draw between the two nations, the Indian team, captained by KL Rahul, displayed commanding performances in the first and third ODIs.

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With the conclusion of the limited-overs matches, the Indian squad is gearing up for the two-test series ahead. The SuperSport Park in Centurion will host the opening Test between India and South Africa on December 26. Riding on their ODI success, India aims to carry forward the momentum and deliver commendable performances in the Test arena.