Suryakumar Yadav has been ruled out of the Sri Lankan Twenty20 Internationals due to a hairline fracture in his hand.

Suryakumar Yadav has been ruled out of the forthcoming three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, which begins on February 24. This is a startling blow for the Indian team. The 31-year-old has been on a tear recently and is one of the players to keep an eye on in the next series.

The right-handed hitter, though, has been pronounced unsuitable for the white-ball series after suffering a hairline fracture in his hand. On February 20, he was injured while fielding in the third T20I against the West Indies. Suryakumar was named Player of the Series in the T20I leg after making his bat talk against West Indies.

Suryakumar is the second player to be ruled out of the Sri Lanka series, following all-rounder Deepak Chahar. During the third T20I of the series, the right-arm pacer suffered a hamstring injury. Chahar looked in excruciating pain as he walked off the pitch without finishing his second over after dismissing both West Indies openers in the run chase.

As of yet, he has not accompanied the team to Lucknow, where the first T20I would be played. Meanwhile, given that India’s bowling attack has been bolstered by the return of fast Jasprit Bumrah, the BCCI is unlikely to name a replacement. For this series, the pace spearhead has also been named India’s vice-captain.