India is battling it out against Australia in the third Test of the ongoing 4-match series in Sydney. Not just against Australia, but against the scare of not having their strongest playing eleven on the field. Apart from the captain, Virat Kohli, who is back home to attend the birth of his child, India missed as many as 7 players – who could have participated in the series – on the field on Saturday (January 9) while bowling to the Aussie batters in the second innings.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma were the earliest casualties; both the pacers couldn’t even travel to Australia after sustaining injuries in the IPL. By the end of Day 3 at the SCG, five Indian players – 4 of which have played in at least one match of the series – have visited the hospital after enduring injuries.
5 Indian players who got injured during the series against Australia:
Even without the likes of Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the squad, the pace bowling attack still looked menacing in the presence of three senior pacers: Jasprit Burmah, Mohammed Shami, and Umesh Yadav. India dismissed Australia for 191 in the first innings in Adelaide.
However, in the second innings, India was a pacer down, as Mohammed Shami had injured his wrist while facing a bouncer from Pat Cummins. The short ball hit Shami’s right hand and he walked off back to the dressing room. Shami didn’t come out to bowl; later he was ruled out of the remaining three matches of the series with a fractured arm.