India’s left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan is a doubtful starter for the four-match Test series against Australia since he has been advised three weeks’ rest for a calf injury and will also miss the Irani Cup match against Rest of India.
The first Test against Australia is scheduled to start from Feb 22 in Chennai.
Zaheer was Wednesday left out of the 15-member Mumbai squad after he failed to recover from the calf injury that he picked up during the Ranji Trophy
match against Gujarat.
Zaheer was dropped from the Test squad due to poor form after the third Test against England in Kolkata last month. It was the first time Zaheer was dropped from the Test side since his phenomenal return to the team in 2006-07.
This is the first time he has been dropped from the Test side after his rousing comeback in 2006-07. He had taken 15 wickets in eight Tests in 2012 and during the first three Tests against England he managed just four. He was also left out of the subsequent ODI series against Pakistan and England.
In the Ranji Trophy, Zaheer took a five-wicket haul in Mumbai’s thrilling win against Madhya Pradesh. But in the next match against Gujarat that he led, he didn’t bowl in the second innings. The injury also ruled him out of the knockout stages as Mumbai went to lift the title for the 40th time.