India are taking part in the Brisbane Take a look at with their most inexperienced bowling assault since 1933

India’s determined luck with accidents continued, as Navdeep Saini walked off with a groin pressure after bowling simply 7.5 overs on the primary day of the Gabba Take a look at. He was taken for scans within the afternoon.

With 4 Take a look at caps between them, Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, and the 2 debutants T Natarajan and Washington Sundar anyway made up India’s least skilled Take a look at assault since 1933. From the Sydney Take a look at, the place they had been already depleted, India misplaced Jasprit Bumrah to an stomach pressure, R Ashwin to again spasms, and Ravindra Jadeja to a damaged thumb, taking out the one survivors from India’s first-choice assault.

In hindsight, there was comfort in India’s workforce choice: that they had picked 5 bowlers, together with 4 quicks. Within the morning, India made the weird transfer of giving a Take a look at debut to a reserve spinner, Washington Sundar, who was held again for assist in the nets, forward of the specialist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who has been with the squad all alongside. It was maybe achieved to shorten the tail, however on the identical time, 4 quick bowlers lined for his or her inexperience.

So when Saini did go off, India did nonetheless have 4 bowlers to function with.

India’s absentee record now reads: Ishant Sharma, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, KL Rahul, Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari, Umesh Yadav, Bumrah and Ashwin, with an replace on Saini awaited.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo


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