Williamson, Rahane, Ishant and Jadeja will be added to the injury list ahead of the Mumbai Test


India and New Zealand were hit with injuries minutes before the second test in Mumbai, with Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma, and Kane Williamson excluded.

Rahane is out due to a slight muscle strain in the left thigh muscles that he contracted on the last day of the Kanpur test. Jadeja is a right forearm injury that required scans that showed swelling. "He was advised to calm down," said a BCCI announcement.

Ishant meanwhile dislocated his left little finger on the last day in Kanpur and left the door open for Mohammed Siraj to return. Siraj suffered a finger injury during the T20I series, but is now considered fit.

For Williamson, it's the recurrence of an old left elbow problem that has preoccupied him for much of the year. Coach Gary Stead confirmed the injury had flared during the initial test and did not improve in the days after the game when the call was made to disqualify him. In his absence. Tom Latham will lead the team.

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"It was a really tough time for Kane to deal with such a persistent injury," said Stead. "Although we got the injury under control during the year and the T20 World Cup, switching to test cricket and the increased impact stress made his elbow worse again.

"Ultimately, the injury is still wrong and while he got through the Kanpur Test it was clear that playing in the second Test was not an option."

Meanwhile, Rahane and Jadeja's absence could lead Indian team management to consider a sixth punch option. If they take this route, it could mark a debut for KS Bharat or Suryakumar Yadav in his homeland. Wriddhiman Saha was declared fit by Virat Kohli the day before the game.