Speaking on Bumrah’s inclusion in the playing XI for the final Test of the four-match series between India and Australia, Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour has said that Jasprit Bumrah will play if he is fit. Rathour confirmed that the medical team is working closely with the pacer and monitoring his health.
Rathour said that a final call will be taken on Friday morning on whether Bumrah will play at the Gabba. He further indicated that Bumrah will spearhead the bowling attack for the Indian cricket team if he is rendered fit for the Test commencing on January 15.
“The medical team is working with Bumrah, we have to see tomorrow morning whether he is fit to play the fourth Test or not. If he can play, he will play, if he cannot, then he won’t,” Vikram Rathour said on Thursday.
“The injuries are still being monitored. Our medical staff is looking into it, I would not be in a position to comment on this right now. We would like to give them as much time as possible. It will be tomorrow morning that you will know which eleven takes the field,” Rathour added.
“Basically, I think the toughness comes from the preparation, we believe in our players, every member of our team believes in their ability. One innings cannot let the doubts creep in, the team has shown a lot of character and the reason for that is the hard work they have been putting in for a long time.
“As far as I am concerned, we have the ability, with or without injuries, the eleven that will play would be the best eleven that India could put on the ground, all of them deserve to be there if they play to their potential, I cannot see any reason, why we cannot do well,” Rathour concluded.
With seven of their important players injured and five of them already ruled out of the series for good, India has new challenges to face at Brisbane. Mohammad Shami’s injured hand didn’t allow him to play the Test, while Umesh Yadav had to limp out midway of the match due to his calf injury. The option of including KL Rahul in the playing XI was also eliminated due to his injury.
The third Test added to the number of the injured players of the Indian cricket team, as Ravindra Jadeja suffered a severe blow to his left thumb and Rishabh pant to his elbow, which greatly impacted their game. BCCI informed on Monday that Jadeja was ruled out of the fourth Test since he dislocated his thumb and will undergo treatment in Sydney.
Hanuma Vihar, who prevented India’s loss partnered with Ravichandran Ashwin in the final overs of the third Test, has also been ruled out owing to a Grade 2 tear on his right hamstring.