New Delhi: When the cricket fans are glued to their TV screens and are cheering for their favourite team, the series-deciding match starting on Friday in Brisbane, might disappoint many Indian fans as this time the list of injured and absent cricketers on tour to Australia has grown long with 13 players name stroke down from the list.
As team India prepares for fourth and final Brisbane Test with the series tied 1-1, Ravi Shastri and skipper Ajinkya Rahane would be at their wits’ end to put together a fit eleven after Jasprit Bumrah and Mayank Agarwal too joined the list of injured cricketers.
So, here is the list of those Indian Players who will not be able to play against Kangaroos in their home land:
The senior pacer was ruled out of the Australia series after he had suffered a left side strain while playing only one IPL match in September. The 32-year-old player got bowling fit before the series but needed more overs before taking on the rigours of Test cricket. Meanwhile, Ishant has just returned to competitive cricket for Delhi with the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and will be selected against England in Tests.
The white-ball specialist and reserve pacer of the Test team was ruled out from the IPL after suffering thigh muscle injury. During IPL, the player injured his right hamstring and had to undergo an extensive rehabilitation programme which led to him missing the Australia series in full. The senior Indian pacer is reported to be out of competitive cricket for six months. Bhuvneshwar has just made his comeback with the Mushtaq Ali T20 for UP and will be back in the national team for England series.
The 30-year-old player who was dug out during IPL, who playing for Kolkata Knight Rider, Varun Chakravarthy, was found playing with a serious shoulder injury which ruled him out of his maiden national tour.
Rohit Sharma had badly injured himself with left hamstring injury that happened during the IPL. Although he played through pain in the final but was ruled out of the white ball series against Australia.
India’s one of the finest pace bowler, Mohammed Shami, sustained a fractured forearm while trying to fend a short ball from Pat Cummins in the Adelaide Test. Later, he was ruled out of the remaining three Tests.
India’s one of the ace pacer had to leave field during Australia’s second innings with a calf muscle injury. As per reports he will soon be at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for a rehabilitation programme and there is a good chance that he might be back for the England series next month.
After delivering a decent outing in the white ball leg, KL Rahul sustained a wrist injury while batting at the Melbourne Cricket Ground nets and was sent back to India to recover from the injury before the England series.
This all-rounder player received a hit on his left thumb from a short delivery bowled by Mitchell Starc in Sydney. The x-ray scans revealed dislocation as well as thumb fracture. As per reports he will be out for at least a couple of months, thus, ruling him out of the England home series as well.
Rishabh Pant received a knock in the left elbow from Pat Cummins and couldn’t keep wickets in the second innings in Sydney. However, it was not a fracture and Rishabh kept on playing after popping-in a lot of painkillers which provided him initial relief. This keeper-batsman is reported to be playing in Brisbane in the fourth Test.
After securing his epic 161-ball vigil, this hero of the Sydney Test, suffered a serious (grade 2) hamstring injury and will be out of the fourth Test in Brisbane as well as the upcoming series against England.
Ravichandran Ashwin, who has bowled more than 134 overs in the series( most by an Indian bowler) is suffering from back spasms. The severity of his pain is so much that he finds it difficult to sleep or even tie his boot laces. However, as per reports, with medication and physiotherapy sessions, this senior-most bowler could play in Brisbane ground.
Agarwal was dropped from Sydney as he failed first two Tests. But during a net session, he got hit on the gloves and was taken for scans. Agarwal was supposed to replace Hanuma Vihari and if it’s a bruise, he is expected to play through pain.
Jasprit Bumrah suffered an abdominal strain during the late evening on the third day while fielding in Sydney. As per reports, the player is in considerable discomfort and will sit out of the next Test in Brisbane.
Meanwhile, Pant (elbow), Ashwin (back) and Vihari (hamstring strain) will all be monitored before selectors starts selection for the Gabba, where Australia hasn’t lost a Test match since 1988.