In what can be termed as another injury blow to Team India, fast bowler Navdeep Saini has been taken to the hospital for scans after he complained of pain in his groin during the opening day of the series decider at the Gabba.
It all happened in the 36th over of the Australian innings when Saini, in the midst of his 8th over, pulled up following the costly drop of Marnus Labuschagne after the pacer had induced an outside edge of the eventual centurion’s bat, only for Ajinkya Rahane to drop it in the gully region.
The physio was immediately called and minutes later, the Indian fans were subjected to the dreaded image of yet another player walking off the ground due to injury.
The BCCI has now released an official update where they have confirmed that the right-arm pacer has been rushed to the hospital for scans.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 2021
Saini’s injury is yet another addition to India’s longstanding list of players who have succumbed to niggles during the ongoing tour.
Earlier in the day, India made four changes to the playing 11 that scripted a memorable draw at the SCG with Hanuma Vihari (hamstring), Ravindra Jadeja (thumb fracture), Jasprit Bumrah (abdominal strain) and Ravichandran Ashwin (back spasm) being ruled out due to injury.
T Natarajan and Washington Sundar were handed their debut Test caps as India went in with a 4+1 attack, which may have been reduced to 3 seamers and one spinner, with Navdeep Saini out of action for the unforeseeable future due to groin strain.