With Jadeja and Bumrah on the field, there is a possibility of Kuldeep and Shardul or Natarajan making the playing XI; Home team also has fitness issues
India, stricken with injuries, headed to Gabbar Fort, Australia for the final Test at Gaba Fort, Australia, with high hopes of retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 1-1 after securing an epic draw in Sydney Equal
But Australia would be optimistic to snatch a series win at the Gabba, where it has been invincible for more than three decades, especially when India have been hit by a series of injuries.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out in Sydney on Wednesday after spraining his left thumb, while fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah suffered a loss in the final Test with a stomach strain.
If Bumrah cannot play, the already inexperienced attack will be led by Mohammed Siraj, who has played only two Tests, with Navdeep Saini who played Sydney’s first tee. Unite Natarajan or Shardul Thakur. There is also doubt over the fitness of No. 6 batsman Hanuma Vihari, who tore his hamstring during a 161-ball vigil for 23 runs, which helped lead to a possible draw on Monday.
Fellow Sydney’s hero R. Ashwin, who spent more than three hours at the crease with Vihari with an unbroken six for the sixth wicket to save the game.
Despite a scary injury, Sunil Gavaskar believes India can win in Brisbane.
“I know Gaba is Australia’s fortress in Brisbane, but India has the ability to take on the Australian team,” he told the Indian media this week. “They (Australia) haven’t lost there since 1988 but always for the first time. If Ajinkya Rahane and company do it, I wouldn’t be surprised at all.”
With Australia’s young opener Will Pokowski worried about his injury, facing a keen wait after suffering partial dislocation of his right shoulder while fielding in Sydney.
Meanwhile, the Indian team started its first training session at Gaba here on Wednesday, which was expected to include 11 fit players.
Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav was seen bowling at the nets and there is a chance that he could be picked for the match, with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja bowling him out due to rounder thumb.
India: Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R. Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Natraj. , Kuldeep Yadav and Prithvi Shaw.
Australia: Tim Paine (capt), David Warner, Marcus Harris, Will Pukowski, Maranus Lebuschgane, Steve Smith, Cameron Green, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Michael Naser and Mitchell. Dream.
Umpire: Bruce Oxenford and Paul Riffel; Third Umpire: Rod Tucker; Match Referee: David Boon.
The match will start at 5 am on Friday (15 January).
Live on Sony Ten 1, 3 and Six (SD and HD).