New Delhi: Difficulties continue to mount for team India in Australia as the ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah may have been ruled out of the fourth test scheduled to be played in Brisbane due to an abdominal strain. The cricketer had sustained the strain during the third Test in Sydney. He was seen holding his stomach during the third Test which ended in a draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Monday. The cricketer had then undergone for scans and according to reports, it has been revealed that the cricketer has suffered a strain and BCCI does not want him to exasperate the injury.
While some reports have said that Bumrah will not play in the fourth and final tests, a BCCI official told IANS that there has been no confirmation regarding his availability. "There is no confirmation on it yet," said the official when asked about Bumrah's availability.
Bumrah still has three days to recuperate from the injury and according to an official statement by BCCI, Jasprit Bumrah will play the final Test even if he is 50 percent fit.
With Umesh Yadav injured and Mohammaed Shami pulling out after sustaining an injury, it will be hard for team India to lose yet another bowler. And if Bumrah doesn't play the fourth test, his shoes will be filled by debutant T Natarajan, leading India to field with a very inexperienced pace attack at the Gabba.
Meanwhile, it has been expected that in the absence of the experienced trio of Bumrah, Yadav and Shami, two-Test old Mohammed Siraj will lead the bowling attack with Navdeen Saini, Shardul Thakur and T Natarajan in the Brisbane Test which is scheduled to commence from January 15.
The series is currently tied at 1-1 with Australia winning the first Test in Adelaide while India registering win in the second match in Melbourne and third match being drawn.