From injuries to racial abuses, India’s tour to Australia will remain etched in everyone’s memory. The visitors’ injury woes on foreign soil and their average record at the Gabba is giving sleepless nights to the team management.
The third test match saw star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja suffering a thumb fracture and Hanuma Vihari, who batted for 160 balls for his 23, suffered a hamstring injury. The duo will miss the last Test.
India may have not have won the third Test, but the team which has turned into an ‘injury-ravaged’ outfit walked out of the SCG with heads held high. The roar of a jubilant comeback from the Indian side will undoubtedly be echoed in the SCG stands for years to come.
Jasprit Bumrah – The lethal fast bowler is the latest one to be added to India’s injury woes after the third test match. He might miss the series decider due to an abdomen injury. But, according to batting coach Vikram Rathour, the bowler is working closely with the medical team and a call will be taken on Friday on whether he can take to the field or not.
Bumrah is irreplaceable in the longer format of the game, however, if he doesn’t play then either Shardul Thakur or T Natrajan will fill his shoes.
Since the start of the tour, the Indian team has been dealing with injuries in terms of the pace unit. Initially, Ishant Sharma was ruled out of the Test Series owing to his side strain followed by Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav.
To make matters worse, Ravichandran Ashwin’s back spasms have aggravated after battling for three hours on the final day, leaving little options for India on the bench.
After the heroics of Ashwin, his wife Prithi, in a series of tweets, revealed that the cricketer was in unbelievable pain and wasn’t even able to stand up straight before the 5th day of the match.
The man went to bed last night with a terrible back tweak and in unbelievable pain. He could not stand up straight when he woke up this morning. Could not bend down to tie his shoe laces. I am amazed at what @ashwinravi99 pulled off today.
— Prithi Ashwin (@prithinarayanan) January 11, 2021
Opener Mayank Agarwal, who was dropped from the third Test, got hit on his hand and has gone for scans. The right-hander will replace Hanuma Vihar in the final Test if scans show no fracture.
In case, Mayank is also ruled out, India will have to with Prithvi Shaw. Whoever plays between the two will have to bat at number 3.
You might be thinking to go ahead with KL Rahul, but let us remind you that even he has been asked to take rest after he sprained his left wrist during batting in the nets at the SCG.
How India could line-up against Australia in Brisbane Test: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal/Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant/Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav/T Natarajan, Mohammed Siraj
On the other front, Aussies too are struggling with a few injuries. But in comparison to India, their loss doesn’t appear to be as magnanimous. Cricket Australia on Tuesday confirmed that opening batsman Will Pucovski suffered a shoulder subluxation injury in the Sydney Test and his participation in the fourth and final Test against India hangs in the balance.
(With ANI inputs)