After Jadeja, injured Bumrah set to miss Brisbane Test
In what comes as another huge blow for India, pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah is set to miss the fourth Test with an abdominal strain. It is understood that the Indian team is not keen on risking Bumrah as his strain could aggravate. The news comes a day after Ravindra Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari were ruled out of the Test series due to respective injuries.
Bumrah is expected to play the England Test series
Bumrah is the third senior pacer to be ruled out, after Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami. However, a BCCI source clarified that he will likely be available for England series. "Jasprit Bumrah suffered an abdominal strain while fielding in Sydney. He is going to sit out of the Brisbane Test but is expected to be available against England," a BCCI source told PTI.
Who will replace Bumrah?
India will miss the services of their premier fast bowler Bumrah, who would have fared well on the bouncy Brisbane track. Now, left-arm pacer T Natarajan could be handed a Test debut in the absence of Bumrah. Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj will lead India's pace attack, which also comprises Navdeep Saini. Notably, Shardul Thakur is also in line to play the Test.
Multiple injuries dent the Indian squad
A spate of injuries has marred the plight of Team India lately. Following the SCG Test, all-rounder Jadeja was ruled out of the series due to a dislocated thumb. Besides, middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari (hamstring), who batted through the final day, will also miss the Brisbane Test. India will also be sweating over fitness of Ravichandran Ashwin (back) and Mayank Agarwal (hit in nets).
India reeling without marquee players
India were already without their senior players at the start of MCG Test. Along with Bumrah, the visitors have now lost all of their four front-line seamers (Shami, Umesh and Ishant). A few days back, KL Rahul also returned home after getting injured in nets. In the batting segment, India also miss the services of regular captain Virat Kohli, who is on paternity leave.