India pacer Mohammed Shami is unlikely to play the opening Test in opposition to England in February as a six-week relaxation cum rehabilitation program awaits him after struggling a wrist fracture. The quick bowler suffered the fracture on his bowling hand through the series-opening day/night Test in opposition to Australia in Adelaide final week.
Shami was hit on the elbow by a Pat Cummins quick ball throughout India’s second innings final Saturday, which ended at a record lowest score of 36 for 9 on the Adelaide Oval. He was taken to a hospital for scans, which revealed a fracture.
“He isn’t more likely to play the primary Test versus England as relaxation and rehab will take six weeks. As soon as the plaster is off, he’ll do his rehab on the NCA (National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru),” a BCCI source mentioned.
Already dominated out of the rest of the continued four-match Test series in opposition to Australia, Shami left for India on Tuesday. India’s residence series in opposition to England begins on February 5, with the primary of the 4 Tests scheduled to be held on the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Shami has been certainly one of India’s most deadly weapons lately and his absence will definitely weaken the group’s bowling assault. In the course of the group’s final tour of Australia in 2018-19 when it created a historical past by successful the nation’s first Test series Down Beneath, Shami carried out admirably and ended with 16 wickets.
After he took the blow, the group’s medical workers rushed into his assist and after some deliberation, the participant determined to stroll again to the dressing room.
After group physiotherapist Nitin Patel utilized what appeared like a painkilling spray, Shami tried to renew batting however didn’t appear snug and determined in opposition to persevering with.