The injury concerns of the Indian team are turning multi-folds with each passing game and the things worsened on Saturday with senior all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja sustaining a fracture in his left thumb which is likely to rule him out of the final Test in Brisbane, starting January 15. However, there is some good news for India as the young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant’s elbow injury is not serious and he will be expected to bat when India bat to save the Test match.
Informing the same, one of the sources of PTI in BCCI said, “Ravindra Jadeja has suffered a dislocation and fracture on his left thumb. It will be very difficult for him to wear those gloves and bat. In any case, he will be out of action for at least two to three weeks which rules him out of the final Test. Pant will be able to bat as his injury isn’t that serious.”
The visitors’ first jolt came when Pant sustained an elbow injury off the bowling of Pat Cummins delivery. Reserve wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha replaced Pant as per a recent amendment in the ICC playing conditions.
In a press release regarding the same, BCCI said, “Rishabh Pant was hit on the left elbow while batting in the second session on Saturday. He has been taken for scans.”
Pant suffered the injury while trying to pull a short ball from Cummins and he was in pain immediately and after on-field treatment that included strapping a bandage, he was back in action but lost the flow due to hindered movement as Josh Hazlewood had him caught behind.
Jadeja’s 28-run knock allowed India to limit Australia’s first-innings lead to less than 100 but towards the end, a short ball from Mitchell Starc hit him on the gloves and he needed immediate medical attention. Informing about the same, BCCI had said, “Ravindra Jadeja suffered a blow to his left thumb while batting. He has been taken for scans.”
Jadeja was in pain and once the team was back on the field for the second innings, his left thumb looked pretty swollen and the physio applied taping on it. He threw a few balls but then it was decided that it won’t be possible for him to continue.
Coming into the Sydney Test, India had lost Ishant Sharma (before the series started), Mohammed Shami (forearm), Umesh Yadav (calf muscle), and KL Rahul (wrist) to various injuries. Virat Kohli is on paternity leave.