England batsman Jonathan Trott is preparing himself to face Zaheer Khan on day two of the first Test despite Zaheer leaving the field with an injury.
Zaheer was bowling a great spell, having accounted for openers Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss, when he suffered a hamstring strain. It is being believed that he might not participate in the remainder of the match or even the series.
Trott, currently on 58 not out at the close of a rain-affected opening day, is expecting to be facing Zaheer tomorrow.
“I expect the guy to be bowling again tomorrow, that’s certainly what I will be preparing for.
“If he is injured, then so be it. We will just focus on whoever has got the ball in their hand.”
The extent of Zaheer’s injury is still unknown, with an India team spokesman proving non-committal on the severity.
He said: “Zaheer Khan is being looked after by the medical team. He is under investigation now. It was the hamstring, it was a strain but we are awaiting reports.
“The physio is with him now and we will know more possibly by tomorrow morning.”
India coach Duncan Fletcher admitted Zaheer was missed during his time off the field.
“Zaheer bowled very well and it was a big loss when he went off the field,” said Fletcher.
“He is a really clever, quality bowler and could have been the one to get the third wicket so it was a real disappointment when he was forced off.
“Had he stayed on the field, I think we would have got a third wicket. Who knows, we might have got four and then it would have been a very good day.”