India's task of sparing themselves the blushes against England has been dealt a huge blow after both Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh were ruled out of the remainder of the four-match test series.
Virat Kohli and Pragyan Ojha have been called upon as replacement for the third test at Edgbaston.
Yuvraj has a fractured finger after being hit by a Tim Bresnan bouncer in the fourth day of the second test at Trent Bridge. He had looked in some pain after the ball hit is finger, and though he continued batting, he was dismissed shortly thereafter by another bouncer from Bresnan. Scans in a nearby hospital confirmed a fracture and Yuvraj will now undergo treatment with a hand specialist in London.
Harbhajan's abdominal strain, which limited his performance in the second test to 13.4 overs, has ruled him out of the series. His injury comes as a blow to the Indian bowling attack, and with Zaheer Khan injured as well, the Asian side are left wanting a senior figure to lead the bowling.
Virat Kohli, who was dropped for the test series against England after a less than impressive showing against West Indies, now gets a second opportunity to prove his test credentials, while Pragyan Ojha will compete with Amit Mishra for a place in the bowling attack.