With Team India’s injury curse hitting a new low with every passing day in Australia, legendary batsman Virender Sehwag has joked he is ready to come out of retirement and play for the team in the upcoming fourth and final Test.
On Monday, the BCCI confirmed that allrounder Ravindra Jadeja is out of the fourth Test after suffering a dislocation in his left thumb. The southpaw was hit on his left thumb while batting in the first innings of the SCG Test. He did not take the field in the second innings at all. Middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari is doubtful for the game too due to a hamstring injury.
The right-handed batsman had batted for more than three hours through pain to help India draw the third Test. Earlier in the series, fast-bowlers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav were ruled out of action after suffering injuries in the first and second Test respectively. And before the start of the third Test, KL Rahul was ruled out of the series after he suffered an injury while batting in the nets.
In the latest blow to Team India, their pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah is doubtful for the fourth Test too because of an abdominal strain. He was seen clutching his abdomen repeatedly during Australia’s second innings on the third day’s play during the third Test. At one stage, he even left the field for medical attention.
And as India have been left depleted with the spate of injury blows, Virender Sehwag has told BCCI he is ready to step in if they need him. He took to Twitter to share a collage of the players who are out of action and wrote: “itne sab players injured hain , 11 na ho rahe hon toh Australia jaane ko taiyaar hoon, quarantine dekh lenge @BCCI.”
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 12, 2021
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