With Bumrah and Ashwin’s fitness issues, Team India’s list of injury concerns grows

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 1/13/2021 12:19:04 PM

New Delhi, Jan 12 On Monday, whenever the TV cameras panned towards the Indian dressing room, Ravichandran Ashwin could be seen either standing at the SCG balcony or leaning against the railing. But not for once was he sitting. For the viewers, it might come across as a case of a senior player being tense as the pair of Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara took the Australian attack head on but a tweet from Ashwin’s wife Prithi revealed what it was all about. Ashwin was in severe back pain and couldn’t even sleep the prior night because of it. As India prepare for fourth and final Brisbane Test with the series tied 1- 1, the team resembles a mini-hospital and coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Ajinkya Rahane would be at their wits’ end to put together a fit eleven after Jasprit Bumrah and Mayank Agarwal joined the list of injured cricketers. PTI gives a lowdown of all injuries that happened to top Indian cricketers prior to and during the Australia series along with their current status. Ishant Sharma The senior pacer suffered a left side strain after playing only one match in the IPL in September and after that was ruled out of the Australia series. Ishant got bowling fit before the series but needed more overs under his belt before taking on the rigours of Test cricket. He has just returned to competitive cricket for Delhi with the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and will be selected against England in Tests. Bhuvneshwar Kumar The white-ball specialist and reserve pacer of the Test team injured his right hamstring during an IPL game and had to undergo an extensive rehabilitation programme which led to him missing the Australia series in full. He has just returned to action with the Mushtaq Ali T20 for UP and will be back in national team for England series.


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