Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour said on the eve of the Brisbane test that fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was being assessed by the medical team and that a call for his participation in the fourth test would be taken on the morning of the test. “The medical team is working with Bumrah, we have to see tomorrow morning if he is fit to play the Fourth Test or not. If he can play he will play, if he cannot, then he will not. “said Rathour. It was reported by the PTI news agency that Bumrah had been excluded from the fourth test due to abdominal strain, adding to an already long list of injuries on the team. However, Rathour said the team’s injuries “are still under surveillance” and that a final team call will be taken on the morning of the test.
“The injuries are still being monitored. Our medical team is reviewing it, I wouldn’t be able to comment on that at this time,” Rathour said.
“We would like to give them as much time as possible. It will be tomorrow morning that you will know which eleven will take over,” he added.
India’s injury list has grown since the start of the test series, with all of Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja being excluded from the series at various stages.
Besides Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari, the heroes of India’s Great Escape from Sydney, also have injury issues.
Ashwin is struggling with a back spasm while Vihari sustained a hamstring injury on Day 5 in Sydney.
However, Rathour backed the strength of the Indian bench and expressed confidence that India would be able to field their best XI in Brisbane.
“As far as I’m concerned, we have the capacity (to succeed), with or without injuries. The eleven who play would be the best eleven that India could put on the field,” said Rathour.
“Everyone deserves to be there. If they play to their potential, I see no reason why we can’t do well,” he added.
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