On Monday, whenever the TV cameras swung to the Indian locker room, Ravichandran Ashwin could either be seen on the SCG balcony or leaning against the railing. But he did not sit once. To viewers, it may come across as a case of a senior player tense as the pair of Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara attacked the Australian attack directly, but a tweet from Ashwin’s wife Prithi revealed what it was all about. Ashwin had severe back pain and couldn’t even sleep the night before.
As India prepares for the fourth and final Brisbane Test with a 1-1 draw, the team looks like a mini hospital and coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Ajinkya Rahane would be desperate to put together a fit eleven after Jasprit Bumrah and Mayank Agarwal joined the list of injured cricketers. PTI lists all of the injuries that have occurred to the top Indian cricketers prior to and during the series in Australia, along with their current status.
The injury list that affected the Australia Tour
Ishant Sharma: The senior pacer suffered an overload on the left after playing just one game in the IPL in September and was subsequently excluded from the series in Australia. Ishant got bowling fit for the series, but needed more overs under his belt before taking on the rigors 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 Test team’s white ball specialist and reserve pacer injured his right hamstring during an IPL match and had to undergo an extensive rehabilitation program, which caused him to miss the Australia series completely. He has just returned to action with the Mushtaq Ali T20 for UP and will be back in the national team for the England series.
Varun Chakravarthy: One of the finds from the IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders’ Varun Chakravarthy, was a left field selection in the Indian T20 team, but the old national selection committee with interim chairman Sunil Joshi was unaware that he was playing with a serious shoulder injury that ruled out him off his first national tour.
Rohit Sharma: Perhaps the most notable left hamstring injury that occurred during the IPL. The Mumbai Indians’ skipper played through pain in the final but was ruled out from the streak of white balls against Australia. Due to a harsh 14-day quarantine in Sydney, despite being fit, Rohit was unable to play the first two Tests and was back in action from Sydney, hitting half a century in the second innings.
Mohammed Shami: India’s handiest bowler suffered a broken forearm while trying to fend off a short ball from Pat Cummins in the Adelaide Test and was subsequently ruled out of the remaining three Tests. He is also doubtful for the first two Tests against England in his own country.
Umesh Yadav: The senior India pacemaker stumbled out of the field in Australia’s second innings with a calf muscle injury and will soon be attending the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for a rehabilitation program. There is a chance he will be back for the English series next month.
KL Rahul: After a decent performance in the white balbone, KL Rahul sustained a wrist injury while hitting the Melbourne Cricket Ground nets and was sent back to India to recover for the English series. His departure resulted in India’s back-up middle order being close to zero.
Ravindra Jadeja: India’s top all-rounder got a knock on his left thumb after a brief delivery by Mitchell Starc in Sydney and scans revealed both dislocation and thumb fracture. He will be out for at least a few months, which also puts him out of the England home series.
Rishabh pants: The goalkeeper-batsman was hit in the left elbow by Pat Cummins and was unable to keep the wickets in the second innings in Sydney. However, it was not a break and played after many painkillers that initially gave him relief. He plays in Brisbane in the fourth Test.
Hanuma Vihari: The Sydney Test hero, following his epic 161-ball wake, has suffered a serious hamstring injury (grade 2) and will leave both the fourth Test in Brisbane and the next series against England.
Ravichandran Ashwin: The man who has bowled more than 134 overs in the series, most of them by an Indian bowler, suffers from back cramps and found it difficult to even sleep or tie his shoelaces. With medication and physiotherapy sessions, India is expecting their oldest bowler at the park in Brisbane.
Mayank Agarwal: After failing in the first two tests, Agarwal was dropped in Sydney and who would have known that he would be knocked on the gloves and taken for scans during a net session. He would replace Hanuma Vihari and if it is a bruise, Agarwal is expected to play through pain.
Jasprit Bumrah: He developed a stomach ache late at night on the third day as he chased a ball to the boundary. He did not come out to cast his spells, but it has been reported that he is feeling quite uncomfortable and will be out of the next test in Brisbane.
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