Team India have suffered yet another blow as their senior pacer Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the remainder of the four-match Test series against Australia. The pacer has suffered a fracture in his hand after receiving a painful blow while batting in the second innings during the first Test in Adelaide on Friday.
He came out at No. 11 and retired hurt during India’s dramatic first-session collapse. Mohammed Shami coped the blow on his hand while trying to evade a short ball from Pat Cummins. In order to get away from the line of the ball, he backed away to the leg side but the ball followed him down leg side and hit on his right forearm.
Mohammed Shami was visibly uncomfortable and the team doctor was out immediately to check on him. After a dose of pain-relief spray and a massage, his forearm was strapped up by the doctor and he looked set to resume batting. But after taking his mark at the crease, he once again took a short walk towards the leg side before calling the doctor back on to the field. He then eventually decided to walk off the field as India’s innings folded for a humiliating 36.
India captain Virat Kohli was asked about Mohammed Shami’s injury after the match and he said that the pacer was in a lot of pain and has been taken to a hospital for scans. And the scans have confirmed India’s worst fears.
“No news on Shami, he’s going for a scan now. He was in a lot of pain, couldn’t even lift his arm. We’ll probably know in the evening what happens,” Kohli said after the game.
Missing Mohammed Shami will be a huge blow for Team India after the humiliating loss. The visitors are already without senior pacer Ishant Sharma and Virat Kohli will also miss the remainder of the series to attend the birth of his first child. With Mohammed Shami out, the onus will be on Jasprit Bumrah to lead the attack while the likes of Umesh Yadav and uncapped duo of Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini will also have to step up.
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