Indian pacer Mohammed Shami’s time Down Under came to a painful end as he sustained a wrist fracture during the Adelaide Test. Following the diagnosis, Shami is expected to be out for six weeks which makes him a major doubt for the first test against England in Chennai.
Shami was hit on the arm by a rising Pat Cummins delivery during India’s forgettable second innings of the pink ball test. The physios had rushed to the scene had applied some pain relief spray, but it found no avail as the pacer could not continue.
Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav were the only pacers on duty for India as they aimed to defend the meagre target of 90. Skipper Virat Kohli gave a grim assessment following the culmination of the match by revealing that Shami had difficulty even in raising his hand.
The scans from the hospital revealed a fracture and the 30-year-old is expected to depart for India along with Kohli. While the team will miss his presence for the remainder of the Test series, India will also have to do without him in the first test against England.
England will tour India in early 2021 and contest across all three formats with the test series slated to begin on February 5. The date clashes with the rehab period of Shami and as a result, the chances of him playing are highly unlikely.
“He is not likely to play the first Test versus England as rest and rehab will take six weeks. Once the plaster is off, he will do his rehab at the NCA (National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru),” a BCCI source told PTI.
“Shami has been advised six weeks of rest and he will be leaving for India on Wednesday,”
Mohammed Shami was instrumental for India’s success in Australia last time around with the three-pronged pace attack involving Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma struck gold. In the absence of the seasoned veteran, India are highly likely to give Mohammad Siraj his test debut in the upcoming Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
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