The Indian team management is probably going to incline toward Shardul Thakur over left-arm pace sensation Thangarasu Natarajan in the third Test against Australia instead of harmed Umesh Yadav.

As indicated by sources, senior pacer Yadav, who had prior missed the third Test because of a calf muscle tear, is setting out home toward recovery subsequent to being managed out of the fourth and last Test in Brisbane too.

The third Test starts in Sydney on January 7.

“While people are excited about the brilliant progress shown by T Natarajan, we mustn’t forget he has played only one first class match for Tamil Nadu. And Shardul has been a seasoned domestic red ball pacer for Mumbai,” a BCCI source privy to developments in Australia told PTI on Thursday.

“Shardul was really unfortunate that his Test debut against West Indies ended abruptly due to injury even before he could bowl an over. He has been shaping up well and might replace Umesh in the playing XI,” the source added.

The last call will be taken by the head coach Ravi Shastri, stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane and bowling coach Bharath Arun subsequent to arriving at Sydney.

Shardul has so far played 62 first class games and has 206 wickets to show for his endeavors.

Another perspective that India might want to address in front of the Third Test is a long tail that has influenced the team.

Shardul has six five star half centuries and during his stretch with the national team in white ball games, he has proved to be a decent batsman.

“Obviously the next few training sessions will be important and that’s why the final call is likely to be taken in Sydney,” the source said.

All things considered, he is relied upon to take off to National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for extensive rehab programme.

The 33-year-old had tottered off the field subsequent to suffering the injury during the third day of the Boxing Day Test.

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