India Vs England: Manish Pandey replaces injured Ajinkya Rahane: Twitterati react

Also, paceman Shardul Thakur was named as a back-up for pacer Mohammed Shami, who is nursing a sore knee.

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Mumbai, Dec 7: Young middle order batsman Manish Pandey has been called into India's squad for the remainder of the Test series against England after Ajinkya Rahane was ruled out.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced today (December 7), that Rahane has sustained an avulsion fracture on his right index finger after a ball stuck him during a practice session at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday, on the eve of the 4th Test.

Also, paceman Shardul Thakur was named as a back-up for pacer Mohammed Shami, who is nursing a sore knee.

The BCCI medical team is closely monitoring Shami's progress and a decision on his participation will be taken before the start of the fourth Test match.

(Ajinkya Rahane ruled out of England Test series; Manish Pandey called up)

Shardul Thakur was a part of the Indian squad in West Indies too but he didn't get a change to make it to the Playing XI. While Pandey if gets chance to play will be making his Test debut.

Here's how Twitterati reacted over this surprise development:

Ayaz Memon

This is what veteran cricket commentator had to say.

Cricket enthusiast guesses Playing XI

This is what a cricket enthusiast felt Playing XI would look like on Thursday.

Fans happy for Pandey and Thakur

Another fan felt this could be an opportunity for young Manish Pandey and Shardul Thakur to prove themselves. 

Fans happy for Pandey and Thakur

This is what another fan had to say: 

Rahane sustains injury

This is what veteran cricket commentator had to say about Rahane's injury. 

Harsha Bhogle

Veteran commentator Harsha Bhogle wishes Rahane speedy recovery. 

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