In a media release, BCCI stated that Deepak Chahar felt mild pain in his lower back following the second ODI played in Vizag on Wednesday which India won comprehensively.
New Delhi, Dec 19: Right-arm pacer Deepak Chahar has been ruled out of the third and final ODI against the West Indies due to a lower back injury. Navdeep Saini has been named as his replacement and will join the squad for the decider to be played on Sunday.
In a media release, BCCI stated that Deepak felt mild pain in his lower back following the second ODI played in Vizag on Wednesday which India won in comprehensive fashion.
"The BCCI medical team examined him and has suggested that the fast bowler needs some rest in order to fully recover. He has thus been ruled out of the final ODI," the statement read.
Deepak went wicket-less in Visakhapatnam, giving away 44 runs in his seven overs. He had also dropped a catch of Nicholas Pooran, who along with Shimron Hetmyer at one stage, threatened to take the game away from India.
However, the visitors were bundled out for 280 inside 44 overs, thus falling short of India's total of 387 by 107 runs.
Navdeep has so far represented India in five T20Is, in which he has scalped 6 wickets. With India having just two frontline seamers in Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur, Navdeep could make his ODI debut in the decider.
Meanwhile, left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has revealed that he was confused which delivery he should bowl while going for the record second hat-trick in the second ODI against West Indies which India won by 107 runs.
Kuldeep, in his eighth over during West Indies' chase of 388 on Wednesday evening, dismissed Shai Hope (78), Jason Holder (11) and Alzarri Joseph (0) and became the first Indian bowler to pick two hat-tricks in international cricket.
"I was a bit confused which one to bowl -- the wrong 'un or the chinaman. I thought wrong 'un is the best option and I put a second slip there. I was thinking to bowl the off-middle line and if he misses then I will get the wicket. That was the plan," the 25-year-old said while speaking at the post-match press conference.
Kuldeep had previously taken a hat-trick during the 2017 series against Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. He also has a hat-trick to his name at the U-19 level for India.
The left-arm bowler further rated his hat-trick as his best bowling performance as there was a lot of pressure on him because of the slump in form.
"The last 10 months were very tough for me. After consistent performances, there comes a phase when wickets don't come by and you start thinking more about your bowling. After World Cup, I was dropped from the team, then I worked really hard for four months," Kuldeep said.
Updated India squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini.
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