The Indian medical team is working hard in a race against time in order to ensure that fast bowler Navdeep Saini gets back to the field during Australia’s second innings.
Team India’s injury woes have continued in the series-decider in Brisbane. The tourists, who had made four forced changes due to injury to Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Jasprit Bumrah, endured yet another blow on the opening day of the Test match after pacer Navdeep Saini hobbled off the field due to a groin niggle.
Saini bowled just 7.5 overs in the first innings and while he returned to the field in the post-Tea session, he headed back to the dressing room after failing to recover.
Shortly after that, the BCCI Twitter handle announced that the Karnal pacer has been taken to the hospital for scans.
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“The medical team is working on Saini. He has a groin injury, but they are trying their best to ensure that he can take the field in the second innings” a source close to the team told ANI.
Saini’s absence in the first innings not only meant that India missed out from availing the services of a bowler, who with his pace and height, was the best suited to exploit the bouncy Gabba track, but it also meant that a significant amount of burden fell on the inexperienced bowling attack of Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan, Washington Sundar, and Mohammed Siraj.
The quartet was made to toil hard for as many as 115.2 overs as Australia piled on 369.