Fast bowler Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the rest of India’s tour of Australia. It is understood Shami has suffered a fracture on his right forearm, which was revealed after he underwent scans immediately after the Adelaide Test ended. The news will come as a crushing blow for India, which lost that Test inside three days after being bowled out for their lowest Test total ever.
The BCCI is yet to make an announcement on the development. As for Shami’s replacement, the team management has to pick one from the trio of players: Kartik Tyagi, T Natarajan, and Shardul Thakur. Incidentally, neither of these three fast men were part of the original Test squad. Both Natarajan and Thakur stayed back after the white-ball leg of the Australia tour to join Tyagi as net bowlers.
Shami, who batted at No.11, sustained the injury while fending awkwardly at a short delivery from Pat Cummins on Saturday. After being taped on his right forearm Shami decided to bat on, but then signaled he could not continue and walked back to the dressing room. He didn’t return to bowl either in the fourth innings.
At the post-match presentation, India captain Virat Kohli said Shami was in “pain” and could not even raise his bowling hand. Shami’s absence means the Indian fast bowling attack is now left with only Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, and Mohammed Siraj. Both Saini and Siraj are uncapped in Test cricket.
In addition to Shami’s absence, India will be without Kohli, who will miss the rest of the series as he returns home on paternity leave.