Mohammed Shami ruled out of rest of Australia series with wrist fracture!
Galatta | Dec 19, 2020, 09:38 pm
Earlier today, India went through a major batting collapse to register their lowest ever Test score, in history. Following the completion of the limited overs leg of India's ongoing series in Australia, the Test series got underway with the first match being a day-night encounter, played with a Pink ball. India won the toss and got off to a decent start with the bat, before the Indian bowlers tilted the match in their favour after restricting the Australian batsmen to just 192 and earning a first innings lead of 53 runs. Ashwin and Bumrah came through for India with flying colours and Mohammed Shami also displayed some wonderful control over the Pink ball!
India began the third day being just 9/1 with a very positive outlook and any score in excess of 200 would have been difficult for the Australians to chase down in the fourth innings. Unfortunately for the Indians, the Australian bowlers burst through the Indian batting lineup and took out 9 batsmen in 16 Overs. The last pair of Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav were at the crease when a fierce Pat Cummins bouncer was aimed at Shami. While trying to fend off the ball, Shami was hit on the arm awkwardly. The Indian physio rushed onto the field and tended to Shami's injury, following which he tried to resume batting but couldn't. He walked off the field Retired Hurt and India ended their 2nd innings on 36, their lowest ever Test score.
This innings was the worst ever for India by all means, making it the first time that a single batsman didn't even get to double figures. India's batting would be depleted for the rest of the series, with captain Virat Kohli returning to India on Paternity Leave. Now, in another detrimental development, it has come to light that India's bowling will also be depleted with Mohammed Shami being ruled out of the rest of the series with a wrist fracture. He will be flying back to India and young seamer Mohammed Siraj is expected to be in line to make his debut, as the third pacer of the Indian attack. Vice Captain Ajinkya Rahane will captain in Kohli's absence.