India’s determined luck with injuries continued, as Navdeep Saini walked off with a groin strain after bowling just 7.5 overs on the primary day of the Gabba Test. He was taken for scans within the afternoon.
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With 4 Test caps between them, Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, and the 2 debutants T Natarajan and Washington Sundar anyway made up India’s least skilled Test assault since 1933. From the Sydney Test, the place they have been already depleted, India lost Jasprit Bumrah to a stomach strain, R Ashwin to again spasms, and Ravindra Jadeja to a damaged thumb, taking out the one survivor from India’s first-choice attack.
In hindsight, there was comfort in India’s group choice: they’d picked 5 bowlers, together with 4 quicks. Within the morning, India made the unusual transfer of giving a Test debut to a reserve spinner, Washington Sundar, who was held again for assist in the nets, forward of the specialist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who has been with the squad all alongside. It was maybe finished shortening the tail, however, on the identical time, 4 quick bowlers covered for his or her inexperience.
So when Saini did go off, India did still have 4 bowlers to function with.
India’s absentee list now reads: Ishant Sharma, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, KL Rahul, Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari, Bumrah and Ashwin, with a replacement on Saini awaited