Bruised, broken but still battling, the Indian cricket team has shown exceptional character during the 2020-21 Border Gavaskar Trophy on Australian soil, and has somehow managed to keep the hopes of winning the series alive, despite losing some of their top-tier players due to numerous reasons.View this post on Instagram
Here’s the list of Team India players who have been ruled out of the upcoming Brisbane Test due to injuries:
· Mohammed Shami - Fractured Arm
· Umesh Yadav - Calf Muscle Injury
· KL Rahul - Sprained Wrist
· Ravindra Jadeja - Dislocated Thumb
· Jasprit Bumrah - Abdominal Sprain
· Hanuma Vihari - Hamstring Injury
* Virat Kohli is unavailable due to personal reasons. *
Under such circumstances, skipper Ajinkya Rahane will need to make do with the very limited options that he’s left with and here are the four main changes he can make ahead of the Gabba Test:1. Return Of Mayank Agarwal View this post on Instagram
When Mayank Agarwal was dropped from the Playing XI for the Sydney Test, it wasn’t because of his struggling form but because there weren’t any spots left for the batsman, thanks to Rohit Sharma’s addition to the squad.
With Vihari out for contention, a spot is finally available.
However, Agarwal is known to do his best work at the opening spot which means Shubman Gill might slide down to the middle order just like former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar had suggested ahead of the penultimate Test.2. Return Of Wriddhiman Saha View this post on Instagram
Following a devastating blow to Rishabh Pant’s left elbow while batting during the Sydney Test, it was evident that he wasn’t fit enough to be the man behind the wickets (not to forget a disappointing stint as the keeper in the first innings).
However, his brilliance as a batter despite the pain and injury, establishes a strong case in his favour to keep him in the batting lineup if the doctors allow it.
If this happens, then Mayank Agarwal might get snubbed again and India will have to include Wriddhiman Saha, a much secure pair of hands as compared to Pant.
This would also mean that the opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill remains untouched.3. Shardul Thakur Makes Series Debut View this post on Instagram
Despite incredible scenes of Ravindra Jadeja padding up to bat in the second innings of the Sydney Test, the all-rounder had to be ruled out following an urgent surgery on his left thumb, meaning the Men in Blue needed someone else who could do a little bit of everything.
Between Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur, the latter becomes the more viable option. Thakur was also considered for the Sydney Test but the idea was dropped by the skipper who decided to have Navdeep Saini make his Test debut for the country.4. T Natarajan Makes Test Debut View this post on Instagram
The loss of the leader of the Indian bowling attack Jasprit Bumrah, has cost the squad dearly, as the experience and bowling prowess brought to the table by the yorker-specialist was of tantamount importance to the Men in Blue.
Pacers Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini could use T Natarajan’s ability to bowl in the blockhole, as the significantly inexperienced fast-bowl attack looks to meet the Australian challenge in Gabba, where the hosts have not lost a single Test game in the last 33 years.