Coming off a long break, and suddenly, playing a large number of matches has started to take a toll on the players.
Throughout the IPL, we have seen a few injuries, and the injuries have continued to occur on Australian soil.
Two top-quality sides have come together for a series that looked unlikely at one point, and a lot of expectations have been put on the tour.
While the matches have more or less amused fans, both sides have suffered from a fair share of injuries throughout the tour.
The injuries began impacting the tour from the IPL, with four members of the Indian squad ruled out.
Ishant Sharma was the first in doubt, as he injured himself in the initial stages of the IPL.
Over the last year, Ishant has spent a lot of time on the sidelines due to various injuries.
The latest injury has now kept him out of the Australian series, as India miss their most expensive bowler.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar followed Ishant Sharma.
A hip injury ruled the pacer out of the IPL and initially put his doubt for the Australian series.
He is a critical player on the limited-overs side and couldn’t make it in time.
The next blow India suffered was Rohit Sharma’s.
Rohit Sharma is one of India’s top limited-overs batsman and injured his hamstring during the IPL.
There has been uncertainty regarding his injury, as he played for Mumbai Indians after being ruled out of the tour.
It turns out he played without a full recovery and later went through the recovery process.
He missed the limited-overs series but is now set to return for the final two Tests.
Varun Chakravarthy was the next to be ruled out, after a breakthrough season.
Chakravarthy performed admirably in the IPL, prompting the selectors to take him to Australia.
He made the squad, but a shoulder injury didn’t allow him to join the side, giving Natarajan a place in the T20 team.
With four players injured in the IPL, India sent a squad with some new faces.
Wriddhiman Saha is another notable player to hurt himself in the IPL.
He has gone through a series of injuries over the last two years and injured both hamstrings during the latter stages of the IPL.
He still managed to travel with the side and recovered to play the first Test.
The injuries continued as India went to Australia, and India was lucky not to face many issues in the ODI series.
With no injuries to India in the one-day format, they started the T20 series but lost a key player.
Ravindra Jadeja played some crucial knocks in the third ODI and first T20 but suffered injuries in the first T20.
He got hit on the helmet, which later turned out to be a concussion and hamstring.
He didn’t take the field in the second innings and was subbed out, as Yuzvendra Chahal took his place.
Ravindra Jadeja didn’t recover in time for the first Test but is likely to contention for the second Test.
The latest two injuries and absentees are Virat Kohli and Mohammad Shami.
It has known Virat Kohli is going on paternity leave, and his absence will be a blow to the side.
Though India will be losing one of their best players, knowing beforehand has allowed them to plan in his absence.
The same can not be said of Mohammad Shami.
Shami is one of India’s two premier bowlers on tour and did well in the limited-overs series as other bowlers struggled.
He bowled tight lines in the first Test, but a fracture on his forearm is the latest impact on India’s touring party.
Shami retired hurt and didn’t take the field for the final innings.
He is now ruled out of the series.
His loss is a huge blow, as the side is left with an inexperienced bowling attack.
India has suffered a lot through the series and has benefitted from an extended squad for the tour.
They will now be fighting without some key players like Shami and Kohli.
On the other hand, India is not the only side to suffer from injuries.
Australia has been equally impacted due to injuries throughout the tour.
They lost David Warner in the second ODI while he fielded a ball at mid-off.
He injured his groin and couldn’t play any of the white-ball games that followed.
He later missed the first Test and is in line to miss the second Test as well.
He was an impact player in the two games he played, scoring fifties and getting Australia off to strong starts.
Marcus Stoinis was injured before Warner, suffering a side strain in the first ODI.
His injury kept him out of the remaining games, and he made a comeback in the T20s.
Though he returned to the eleven, he couldn’t bowl.
During the IPL, Australia lost Mitchell Marsh.
Mitchell Marsh injured his ankle in his first game of IPL 2020 and couldn’t recover in time for the tour.
His injury is an unfortunate one as he has been in good form of late.
Australia’s fast bowlers have also been rested at various stages of the white-ball series.
Mitchell Starc returned home for personal reasons, while Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins were given time off at various stages.
Aaron Finch was the next high-profile player to miss a game.
He missed the second T20 but returned for the third match.
With a lot of debate on Australia’s opening pair, a series of injuries helped the captain and selectors conclude who opens in the first Test.
Initially, David Warner, Will Pucovisk, and Joe Burns were contenders for the opening spot, but with Warner injured, the discussion was put to rest.
Will Pucovisk was, however, unfortunate to suffer a concussion.
The concussion in the tour game ruled him out of the first Test and may also prevent him from playing the boxing day Test.
His injury has delayed a likely Test debut and has given Joe Burns a chance to prove himself, as he has been in poor form during the domestic season.
Sean Abbott was the next player to be ruled out of the first Test with a calf injury.
He is an unlikely starter but made the Test squad as a reserve.
His absence may not have impacted Australia, and he is likely to return to the squad for the second Test.
The final injury, which could have been worse than it is, was of Cameron Green’s.
Cameron Green is a promising young player, and he suffered a concussion after getting hit by the ball on his follow-through.
The ball was traveling at a good pace after a firm hit from Jasprit Bumrah, and Green can consider himself lucky that there hasn’t been too much damage.
He made it to the side for the first Test, which is also his debut Test.
India and Australia will be taking the field on 26th December, for the boxing day Test in Melbourne.
With both sides suffering their share of injuries, the team composition remains a talking point.
India will be going in without two players and will have to name a couple of replacements, resulting in some eleven changes.
Australia may retain the same eleven, as there have been no further injuries, while Warner’s availability is still uncertain.