Hanuma Bihari and Ravichandran Ashwin did the impossible in the Sydney Test. They blocked the Australian pace for 44 overs. Batting for more than three hours, they snatched the victory of Australia. Made the historic draw. Bad news for Hanuma Bihari after superhuman batting. Bad news for the Indian team too. He will not be able to play in the last Test in Brisbane. Not only the last Test against Australia due to injury, but also whether Bihari will be able to play in the England series at home has become uncertain.
Bihari came down to bat on the last day of the Sydney Test with a hamstring injury. He wrote the history of holding the crease for hours on end. Bihari became the second slowest batsman in the world after Ian Botham to score the first six runs off 72 balls. He played 30 more balls to reach 7 to 8 runs. Which has not happened to any other batsman in the world.
Not only Hanuma Bihari, but also pacer Jaspreet Bumrah will miss the Brisbane Test due to injury. Rabindra Jadeja has already confirmed that he will not be able to play in the last Test. Then there are Bihari and Bumrah on the list of injuries. Rabichandran Ashwin is also injured. Although he did not say whether he will be able to play or not.
According to Indian news agency PTI, Bumrah will not be able to play in the last Test against the Aussies due to a lower abdominal muscle injury. Mohammad Shami had already dropped out due to injury. Ishant Sharma could not come on tour as he was not fully fit. Another fast bowler Umesh Yadav has also been left out. In other words, there is no experienced fast bowler in the Indian team.
In such a situation, the Indian team management is struggling with what combination will be made for the last Test. According to BCCI sources, Bumrah will play in Brisbane even if he is 50 per cent fit. The Indian camp has become a mini hospital in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia. Rohit Sharma could not play the first two Tests because he was not fit. Then a number of cricketers from Lokesh Rahul to Rishav Pant, Rabindra Jadeja and others got injured during the Tests.