Fast bowler Mohammad Shami has been ruled out of the tri-series’ remainder after fracturing his forearm.
The news comes after a crushing defeat, in which India was bowled out for their lowest total.
Shami was the last man to walk in during the third innings and was hit on the forearm by a delivery from Pat Cummins.
The blow was a tough one as the physio came on the straightaway.
After applying some spray and strapping the arm, Shami retook the guard.
Moments after taking guard, he called for the physio and retired hurt.
His retirement ended the Indian innings, as he was the last man, completing a terrible innings.
Shami didn’t come out to bowl in the final innings.
In the post-match presentation, Virat Kohli said Shami could hardly lift his arm and was in a lot of pain.
The news is a big blow to the Indian side, as they are already short on players.
Both sides have suffered from injuries, and Shami’s blow is the latest on the list.
With Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar absent, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami were responsible for carrying the bowling unit.
They are India’s premier bowler, and the loss leaves India’s fast bowling inexperienced.
Both fast bowlers did an exceptional job in the IPL and came into the series with some beautiful form behind them.
With Shami now out, Bumrah and Yadav will have to lead the attack while India looks for a replacement.
India has Mohammad Siraj and Navdeep Saini on the bench, but neither has played Test Cricket.
Both are talented bowlers, while Saini has some severe pace, but making a Test debut in Australia is never easy.
In particular, Navdeep Saini was very expensive in the limited-overs leg and not as effective in the tour games.
In the first innings, Shami went wicketless but looked threatening throughout the innings.
He hit his spots well and was economical throughout, as the others took wickets around him.
He is India’s second loss after the first Test, with Virat Kohli going on paternity leave.
The side has already suffered from lots of injuries, and they will be hoping Rohit Sharma manages to make the third Test.
Due to quarantine restrictions, India picked a larger squad, and many members of the limited-overs sides are still in Australia.
Barring Saini and Siraj, India has Ravindra Jadeja, who could be coming back from injury, and three other fast bowlers.
The three fast bowlers are Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan, and Kartik Tyagi.
Thakur and Natarajan were a part of the limited-overs sides, while Kartik Tyagi came in as a net bowler.
Tyagi did get a chance to play a tour game, leaving all of them with some form of game time in the series.
Both Thakur and Natarajan have done an excellent job in the limited-overs series and are likely to be frontrunners for the vacant spot.
It may be a difficult choice to make, considering the quality of the two bowlers.
Shardul Thakur is the more experienced bowler and has also played a solitary Test.
He made his Test debut against West Indies, but his debut only lasted ten balls as he injured himself.
Selecting him may give him a chance to give a proper account for himself in the Test format.
T Natarajan has come into the selector’s gaze with a beautiful IPL.
His performance got him into the limited-overs sides, and he did an excellent job in the opportunities he got.
He is a left-arm seamer, which may play in his favor as India may want some variety in their attack.
Though there are some decent back-ups, India will be facing a challenging tour, with some key players out of the series.
India will have to wait and see when Ravindra Jadeja and Rohit Sharma will be available.
These returns may help India, as the other players will look to step-up in a troubling period.
With numerous injuries, India needs to find some heroes or face a long and disappointing tour.