In another huge blow for India’s worsening injury crisis, fast-bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah is set to miss the final decisive Gabba Test.
The Press Trust of India reported on Tuesday that Bumrah suffered an abdominal strain in the third Test at the SCG.
“Jasprit Bumrah suffered an abdominal strain while fielding in Sydney. He is going to sit out of the Brisbane Test but is expected to be available against England,” a BCCI source told PTI.
Bumrah, with 11 wickets at 29.36, looks set to join the already massive list of Indian casualties this summer, leaving the tourists scraping the barrel for the all-important deciding Test.
India will also be without the services of Ravindra Jadeja, who has been ruled out due to a dislocated thumb.
Hanuma Vihari, who bravely weathered a barrage of Australian fast-bowling to lead India (alongside Ravichandran Ashwin) to a draw is also racing the clock to overcome a hamstring tear.
Ashwin is also understood to be nursing a back strain which reportedly kept him in bed for much of the morning on the final day’s play in Sydney.
Bumrah is the third Indian pacer after Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, to be injured during this series.
India stars cop brutal blows
KL Rahul has already been sent home after he was hit hard during a nets session, while Mayank Agarwal is hoping to be fit in time for Brisbane after copping his own hit in the nets.
Skipper Virat Kohli has been back in India since the Day-Night Test in Adelaide to be with family during the birth of his first child, while Rishabh Pant copped a stinging knock to his elbow while at the crease midway through the SCG Test.