|| India Correspondent ||
After having drawn the third Test against Australia, Team India have faced another massive blow prior to the 4th Test at Brisbane. Ther pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah has reportedly been ruled out of the much-important fourth Test due to abdominal strain according to the BCCI sources, reports PTI.
"Jasprit Bumrah suffered an abdominal strain while fielding in Sydney. He is going to sit out of the Brisbane Test but is expected to be available against England," a BCCI source said to PTI.
The news also came that Bumrah's scan reports have shown a strain and the team management does not want him to play with the injury, keeping in mind the upcoming four-match Test series against England, further shared the PTI report.
However, the pace bowler was seen during days three and four of the third Test at SCG while chatting with the team physio and pointing at the abdomen area during Australia's second innings as well.
This is certainly a huge blow and the news comes after a day of Ravindra Jadeja's exclusion from the 4th Test with a fractured thumb. On the other hand, Hanuma Vihari has also been suffering from a hamstring injury and he is unlikely to be a part of the playing XI at Brisbane.
With Bumrah's injury, Team India have lost their three key pacers - Mohammad Shami has also been ruled out after the first test with a fractured forearm and Umesh Yadav in the middle of the second Test due to a calf injury. However, Mohammad Siraj and Navdeep Saini made their debuts in the second and the third Test respectively, whereas Shardul Thakur might get a game at Brisbane in place of Bumrah with a possibility of T Natarajan also making his debut in the game as well.
As far as the series so far is concerned, both India and Australia have won one game each before Team India managed to pull off a draw against Australia on the final day of the 3rd Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground to keep the series as well as hope alive of a win while going into the final Test at Brisbane. The game will begin from January 15.