x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Zaheer Khan absent from India training

The pace bowler, who suffered a hamstring strain in the first Test at Lord’s, is thought to be a doubt for the second match at Trent Bridge on Friday.

Zaheer Khan, the pace bowler, did not take part in India’s training session at Trent Bridge yesterday.

Zaheer, who suffered a hamstring strain in the first Test at Lord’s and was unable to bowl in the second innings against England, is thought to be a doubt for the second match of four in the series which starts on Friday.

His teammates took part in a light nets session in Nottingham, but Zaheer was not involved, although he was present at the ground.

MS Dhoni, the India captain, said his side cannot afford to gamble on Zaheer if the seamer is not fully fit.

“We don’t want to risk anyone if that only increases the chances of him getting injured further," he said.