London: Zaheer Khan has suffered a hamstring strain, but the status of his availability for the rest of the first Test and the series remain unclear. "Zaheer Khan is being looked after by a medical team. It was a strain on the hamstring and he is undergoing investigation," Anirudha Chaudhary, the Indian team manager, said after the first day's play at Lord's was called off after 49.2 overs due to rain.
It is understood that Zaheer was cramping in the dressing room after he limped off midway into the third over of his third spell. He was attended to by the Indian team physio, but Chaudhary did not confirm if Zaheer left the ground to undergo any scans. Meanwhile, Duncan Fletcher, the India coach, was also non-committal on how long Zaheer would be out for. "It was quite a loss for us at that stage as he could've got us that third wicket and even more the way he was bowling," he said.
Fletcher would have loved for that to happen as it would have been a nice way to celebrate his hundredth Test as coach of an international side. But he did not want to be drawn in by the media concern over Zaheer's injury and its possible impact on the match and the rest of the series. He would only say it would be wise to wait till Friday before talking about the future.