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 actual playing squad.

Bopanna, who underwent a 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 tie scheduled to held on November 29-30.

Left-handed Nedunchezhiyan was named as one of the three reserves in the eight-member squad announced by the 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 told PTI.

Bopanna is the country’s top ranked doubles player. Now the two best-ranked players are unavailable for the tie as Divij Sharan is also not involved in the fixture 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.