While India is currently facing an injury crisis in the ongoing four-game test series against Australia, former cricketer Virender Sehwag has offered his services for the fourth test game in Brisbane. Due to the long list of injuries, stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane and coach Ravi Shastri face a major selection dilemma, with the series level at 1-1. On Twitter, Sehwag said, “Itne sab players got injured hain, 11 after ho rahe hon toh Australia jaane ko taiyaar hoon, quarantine dekh lenge @BCCI”.
– Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 12, 2021
Sehwag’s tweet is nothing short of much-needed teasing ahead of the fourth test. Even if he were allowed to play in an alternate reality, that wouldn’t be possible due to Australia’s strict quarantine regulations.
Among the players who took part in the third test match in Sydney, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah and Hanuma Vihari are confirmed absentees. Jadeja dislocated and broke his thumb. He will be out for a few months. Bumrah is suffering from a stomach strain and will reportedly sit out the final test match. In addition, Vihari has a serious hamstring injury.
Despite their injuries, India put in a brave feat to pull the third Test, with Vihari helping them reach the finish line.
It’s also worth noting that Ravichandran Ashwin and Rishabh Pant played through the pain line in Sydney, with the latter also scoring a 97-point knockout. Meanwhile, Ashwin was undefeated with Vihari when India pulled the match.
The absence of Bumrah and Jadeja will be a big blow to the visitors. Bumrah is leading India’s pace attack, while Jadeja’s all-round abilities are a major asset.
Australia won the first test, followed by India which won the second. The fourth test match between the two sides starts on January 15.
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