Injuries have aggravated Team India’s final Test at Gabba after two of the greatest comebacks of Test history in Melbourne, Sydney. Shami, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari and Jasprit Bumrah have made India’s final XI selection in Gaba complicated. Ashwin, Pant are already injured, but due to Mayank Agarwal’s injury during the net, it is certain that Australia will not be the main team to save win’s dream in Gabba.
Captain Ajinkya Rahane and coach Ravi Shastri will have to spend a lot of mind to select Gaba’s team. Rahane has preferred to land in Melbourne, Sydney with five bowlers. Ravindra Jadeja’s presence was balancing his choice. But he will not be in Gaba. In such a situation, Rahane will either have to sacrifice one batsman and get down with five bowlers or try the option of four bowlers. If Rahane prefers to land with an all-rounder, he has a pretty good Washington left in Australia. It may also be that Rahane replaces Jadeja with Sunder’s test cap.
Due to the injury of Shami, Yadav, Bumrah, it has been decided that the attack will lead the attack in Gaba. In such a situation, it is certain to play Shardul Thakur or T Natarajan with Siraj, Saini. There is also an option to bring Kuldeep Yadav along with Ashwin, but Gaba has always helped the fast bowlers. In such a situation, Rahane will have to take the risk of landing with two spinners.
The higher order as Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Akshakajya Rahane is not a concern. Mayank can be fed in place of Hanuma. If he too is not fit, then Prithvi Shaw will have to try or Rishabh Pant will have to take over as batsman and Wriddhiman Saha as wicket-keeper.
Shami, Jadeja and Pant have been victims of Australian fast bowling, but Rahul, Bumrah, Umesh, Hanuma Vihari, Ashwin have been hurt due to a decline in fitness due to prolonged play. These cricketers have had problems with muscles, pain and soreness. The challenge is to maintain match finesse by staying in the bio bubble. By staying in it, the neuro muscular co-ordination (coordination of mind and muscle) of the cricketer becomes imbalanced. This leads to lack of capacity with drag. The same has happened with Indian cricketers in Australia. There have been more problems for Indian cricketers in the IPL as well.