The Indian cricket team has been dealt a double dose of injury drama in the days leading up to their match against Australia in the final of the ICC World Test Championship.
Both the key batter KL Rahul and the pacer Jaydev Unadkat are now nursing injuries, which has caused shockwaves to go throughout the national camp.
The left-arm quick fell on a wire during a net session, which resulted in him being badly strapped and making it unlikely that he would be able to compete in the one-off final that will take place at The Oval in June.
His injury compounds India’s fast bowling fitness difficulties, which were already there due to the fact that Jasprit Bumrah is currently out of commission following back surgery.
In the meantime, Rahul’s injury adds to India’s batting troubles, which were already exacerbated by the absence of Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant from the squad.
If Rahul is unable to play in the final, it may be necessary for India to adjust their game plan, and it is likely that Ajinkya Rahane will play in a Test match for the first time in more than a year.
However, despite India’s difficulties due to injuries, their opponents in the final, Australia, appear to be in good shape.
Josh Hazlewood, an experienced fast bowler, made a successful recovery from an Achilles injury by collecting two wickets in his first game back after the injury.
India is still a powerful adversary in spite of their recent failures, as evidenced by their star-studded team that includes players such as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Ravindra Jadeja.
Therefore, let us all keep our fingers crossed that they will be able to bounce back quickly and give the Australians a good fight!