- The fourth and final match of the Test series between India and Australia in Brisbane from 15 January
- Virat Kohli returns to paternity leave, Lokesh Rahul out of series due to injury
- Jasprit Bumrah injured, young paceman Mohammad Siraj may lead pace attack in Brisbane
- Opener Mayank Agarwal’s hand injury during practice, doubtful to play next test
The current series against Australia has been good and bad for India so far, where on the one hand they lost the ODI series and won the three-match T20 series. After this, he suffered one player injury after another in the Test series. After three matches of the Test series, the situation is that now it is difficult for him to give a chance in the playing-XI for the fourth Test match to be held at the Gabba Stadium in Brisbane, because the series is also at stake.
After playing the first match of the Test series, Virat Kohli returned home on Paternity Leave. After this Ajinkya Rahane took over the captaincy of the team. Laxmi has come to Virat’s house recently and his wife Anushka Sharma has given birth to a daughter.
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Rahul is also out
Indian opener Lokesh Rahul was also injured and had to return home. He could not even play a match in the Test series.
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Jadeja OUT, Mayank suspected
Ravindra Jadeja played the third Test match despite a finger injury but now he will not be a part of the fourth Test match. Not only this, opener Mayank Agarwal is also doubtful to play in Brisbane Test. In practice, he suffered a hand injury and may have a hairline fracture.
Ashwin’s problem increased, expect to play
Ravichandran Ashwin’s back stiffness has also increased after batting three and a half hours on the final day of the Sydney Test. However, he is expected to play in the next Test match starting on 15 January.
BCCI does not want to take risks regarding Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah, a key member of the Indian bowling attack, also has a stretch problem and after his scan report, the Indian team management does not want to risk his injury due to the upcoming four-Test series against England.
Siraj can lead the attack
It is expected that two Test playing Mohammad Siraj will lead the Indian fast bowling attack. Navdeep Saini and T Natarajan can be seen supporting him in the Brisbane Test.
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No option in middle order
The problem in the Indian team is that there is no option left in the middle order after the injured Lokesh Rahul’s departure and Hanuma Vihari’s Grade 2 injury. It remains to be seen whether India decides to field with six batsmen and four bowlers, given the unavailability of key players and the long lower order.
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Three Star Pacers also out
Veteran paceman Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have already been ruled out of the series. Apart from them, Umesh Yadav was also out due to injury, who has recently been born to a daughter in her house.
Now the series is equal
The Test series between India and Australia is currently 1–1. While Team India suffered a defeat on the third day in Adelaide, they returned and won the second Test in Melbourne and had a third draw.
What could be India’s playing XI in Brisbane
Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj and T Natarajan