The fast bowler was injured on the third day in Adelaide
Fast bowler Mohammed Shami was banned from the rest of the India tour through Australia. Shami is believed to have suffered a fracture in his right forearm that was revealed after it was scanned immediately after the Adelaide test ended. The news will come as a heavy blow to India, which lost that test within three days of being challenged for its lowest test total ever.
The BCCI has yet to make an announcement about the development. As for Shami’s replacement, the team management must choose one from the trio of players: Kartik Tyagi, T Natarajan and Shardul Thakur. By the way, none of these three fast men were part of the original test team. Both Natarajan and Thakur stayed behind after the white ball leg of the Australia tour to join Tyagi as the Net Bowler.
Fighting in 11th place, Shami sustained the injury while struggling awkwardly on a short delivery from Pat Cummins on Saturday. After Shami was taped on his right forearm, he decided to continue, but then signaled that he could not continue and went back to the changing room. He did not return to the bowl in the fourth inning either.
At the post-game presentation, India’s captain Virat Kohli said Shami was “in pain” and couldn’t even raise his bowling hand. Shami’s absence means the Indian fast-paced bowling attack is left only by Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj. Both Saini and Siraj are not occupied in test cricket.
In addition to Shami’s absence, India will be without Kohli, who will miss the rest of the series when he returns home on paternity leave.
Who should replace Shami?
The Indian team management has made a difficult decision about who should replace Shami on the test team. Thakur, who plays for Mumbai, is the most skilled sailor among the reservations with 206 wickets with an average of 28.55 in top-class cricket. A left arm seaman Natarajan pushed his way into India’s limited overruns squad for the Australian tour due to his impressive accomplishments in the IPL for Sunrirsers Hyderabad. In first-class cricket, Natarajan, who represents Tamil Nadu, has only limited experience with the fact that he was on March 27th. Has collected 64 wickets in 20 games.
The 20-year-old Tyagi was part of the Indian U19 selection that reached the World Cup final in South Africa earlier this year. Tyagi, a fast bowler with his right arm, recently played in the first warm-up game against Australia A for the Indians and went without a wicket. He has played two games for Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy and collected three wickets.
The Ishant Sharma question
Shami’s injury could also force selection and team management to rethink their decision not to include Ishant Sharma on the testing roster despite being declared fit by the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in November.
Sharma, who sustained an injury during the IPL while playing for the Delhi Capitals, went to the NCA in Bengaluru in September and was declared fit around November 19th. However, in its assessment report to the BCCI and team management, the NCA stated that Sharma would need to build on his bowling workload to be fully fit for selection for the test suite.
At his first press conference on the eve of the Australia tour in November, even Kohli wondered why Sharma wasn’t completing his rehab with the rest of the team, which would have kept him competing for the test series.
It is believed the BCCI wanted to make sure Sharma was fully fit and ready for the long term, with India set to play a four-game test series against England at home shortly after the Australian tour. India will then tour England for another five test series in mid-2021.
On Nov. 26, the BCCI said although Sharma had “fully recovered” from the side loading he suffered during IPL, “was building his workload to test match fitness” and he was “off.” the border has been excluded “-Gavaskar Trophy.
Nagraj Gollapudi is the news editor at ESPNcricinfo