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Washington Sundar has been ruled out of the ODIs against Zimbabwe due to a shoulder issue

Just when India all-rounder Washington Sundar seemed to be on his way back to international action, the teenager has been ruled out of the forthcoming Zimbabwe ODI series. The 22-year-old will be treated at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for a left shoulder injury sustained during a 50-over match for his county club Lancashire.

The first of three planned One-Day Internationals (ODIs) between India and Zimbabwe will be played on August 18. The Men in Blue will be captained by KL Rahul, who will be making his comeback to cricket after a two-month absence. Many of the veteran players have been rested this time, and Rahul will be in the task of guiding a youthful team as Shikhar Dhawan did against the West Indies.

Sundar has had a rough year, missing series after series due to a variety of ailments and Covid-19 difficulties. In July 2021, while playing for Combined Counties in a warm-up game against the Indian squad, he shattered his finger, kicking off a seemingly never-ending string of injuries.

He contracted Covid-19 before the white-ball series against South Africa in January 2022, after missing the full domestic season owing to that ailment. A hamstring injury forced him to miss the home series against Sri Lanka and the West Indies a month later.

During the IPL in April and May, he split his webbing and missed five games for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Following prolonged counseling, the BCCI assisted him in securing a county contract with Lancashire, where he also grabbed his first five-wicket haul in county cricket in a day’s play for the Roses. The 22-year-old has played 31 T20Is, four Tests, and the same amount of ODIs thus far.