Team India is considering to rope in Tamil Nadu cricketer Washington Sundar as a spin-bowling all-rounder alongside Ravichandran Ashwin, should the latter recovers in time from back spasms.
Ravichandran Ashwin battled through excruciating pain on the fifth day of the Sydney Test to help India salvage a draw. And, while Team India will not any chance on a 50% fit Jasprit Bumrah, a final call on Ashwin’s availability will be taken by Wednesday afternoon, says a report published in Times of India.
If Ashwin does get the green signal to play, then India might go in with six batsmen and five bowlers, including two spin-bowling all-rounders in Washington Sundar- who was asked to stay back after the white-ball fixtures- and the former.
Sundar is being considered by the team-management because he can bat a bit and him and Ashwin playing as spin-bowling all-rounders will not only bolster the batting depth but also the bowling, which now has three inexperienced pacers in Siraj, Saini, and Shardul Thakur, who is expected to make his debut ahead of T Natarajan.
However, it will be interesting to see what will the team-management do if Ravichandran Ashwin is ruled out. Will they then consider a replacement in the form of Kuldeep Yadav or will they ditch their five bowlers ploy and include an extra batsman?
Meanwhile, Mayank Agarwal’s participation in the Brisbane Test is also in serious doubt after the opener was struck on his hand during the nets. Agarwal was rushed to the hospital for scans and if a fracture rules him out of contention, then discarded opener Prithvi Shaw can once again find himself in the reckoning, this time as a middle-order batsman.
The fourth and final Test starts in Brisbane on January 15th.