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Bopanna pulls out of Pakistan Davis Cup tie

November 18, 2019 21:24 IST

Rohan Bopanna, left, was expected to partner Leander Paes for the doubles rubber in the Davis Cup tie against Pakistan

IMAGE: Rohan Bopanna, left, was expected to partner Leander Paes for the doubles rubber in the November 29-30 Davis Cup tie against Pakistan. Photograph: PTI

Senior player Rohan Bopanna pulled out of India's upcoming tie against Pakistan due to a shoulder injury, paving the way for Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan's inclusion in the playing squad.

 

Bopanna, who underwent an MRI scan on Monday, communicated his unavailability to non-playing captain Rohit Rajpal.

The 39-year-old was expected to be paired with veteran Leander Paes for the doubles rubber of the November 29-30 tie.

Left-handed Nedunchezhiyan was named as one of three reserves in the eight-member squad, announced by the AITA selection committee.

"It's disappointing not to have Rohan in the side. But we want him to protect his shoulder. He needs shots (injection) for treatment. We have an able replacement in Jeevan. He has done well on the Tour and we will have a good left-right combination," Rajpal said.

Bopanna is the country's top doubles player. Now the two best-ranked players are not available for the tie. Divij Sharan is also unavailable because of his wedding reception.

Nedunchezhiyan has been knocking on the doors of the Indian Davis Cup team for some time by consistently performing on the ATP tour.

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