With the Test series between India and Australia evenly poised, the last thing either team would want is for a key player to be injured. India have already had their fair share of injuries. After it was announced that Ishant Sharma would miss the tour, it was learned that Rohit Sharma would miss the first two Tests. Ace pacers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav then picked up injuries in the first and second Test respectively to be ruled out.
India are also without their skipper Virat Kohli who has left for India on paternity leave. Apart from Kohli however, all Indian batsmen are available and they will look to field their best line-up for the third Test especially with Rohit Sharma back after a quarantine period.
Pujara leaves net session after getting hit on the hand
During a throwdown net session, Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara suffered a blow to his right hand today and was taken for treatment. Fortunately for India, the blow wasn’t a serious one and after a short break, the No. 3 batsman resumed training at the nets.
Pujara hasn’t had a particularly great series and has struggled against Australian pacer Pat Cummins. India will hope he gets back to the kind of form he was in during the previous Border-Gavaskar trophy in 2018-19 where he scored in excess of 500 runs for India and was their leading run-scorer. The third Test between India and Australia takes place at Sydney on the 7th of January.