Former India pacer, Madan Lal says that Jasprit Bumrah is imperative for the Indian team and the bowling department will be thinned by the loss of its spearhead in Brisbane. Jasprit Bumrah sustained an abdominal strain during the third Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) – he even walked off the field.
Madan Lal opines that if the pacer is fit enough to play the last Test, he could make full use of the conditions there as the pitch at the Gabba has extra bounce and carry. However, considering a home series against England awaits, the Indian team wouldn’t want to play a half-fit Bumrah, risking aggravating his injury.
“Brisbane as a ground is different so I think challenges will be there for the Indian team. And I feel if Jasprit Bumrah plays it will be beneficial for the Indian team,” Madan Lal told ANI.
Lots of problems are there in front of the Indian side: Madan Lal
Madan Lal points out that not only Jasprit Bumrah, but there are several other injured players as well in the Indian team. From the third Test in Sydney, Ravindra Jadeja with a thumb injury, and Hanuma Vihari with a hamstring injury are already ruled out of the Brisbane game. Ravichandran Ashwin is battling with back pain, and a call on him will be taken a day before the match.
Madan Lal, the 1983 World Cup winner, says that Team India is severely jolted with injuries to a plethora of players. Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, and KL Rahul were earlier injured on the tour and Virat Kohli returned home for the birth of his child. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma didn’t even come to Australia owing to their injuries, and Rohit Sharma missed the first two Tests.
Madan Lal, who is the chief of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), says that at Brisbane opportunities galore for players sitting on the bench. Kuldeep Yadav, T Natarajan, Shardul Thakur, and Wriddhiman Saha; all are in contention for a place in the eleven for the last Test.
“Lots of problems are there in front of the Indian side. More than half of the team is injured, top players are injured, and the absence of big players will definitely be there. As of now, it looks very tough for them to form even a playing 11. In the case of injuries, reserve players will get the chance,” Madan Lal said.
“I think if Ashwin is fit and if he plays, it will be really good news. You will come to know about injuries update and team by tomorrow,” Madan Lal added.