India suffer a three-ponged blow: R Ashwin, Rohit Sharma, Prithwi Shaw injured
Ashwin, Sharma and Shaw were ruled out of the 2nd Test match against Australia. They have not been able to recover from their injuries.
Perth: Second test match between India and hosts Australia will start on Friday (December 12). It will be played at WACA, Perth. India leads the four-match Test series 1-0 following a 31-run win in the opener in Adelaide.
Board of Cricket Control of India(BCCI) released the team list for the second test a few hours ago. Ashwin, Rohit Sharma and Prithwi Shaw have been left out of the team owing to their injuries. The team is going to be: Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.
India name 13-man squad for 2nd Test: Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/dBnMLqZ7AD
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R Ashwin has an abdominal strain on his left side. Rohit Sharma has a jarred lower back; ruling both of them out of the next Test. His injury will come as a blow to India after he took six wickets in the match to make a difference with persistent line and length and making the most of the rough patches. The off-spinner bowled 86.5 overs in Adelaide – most he has bowled in a single Test. This included a marathon 52.5 overs in the second innings which were the most by an Indian bowler in the fourth innings.
Rohit had been taken off the field in the second innings as Australia made the 323 run chase with the back injury and has, unfortunately, been unable to recover. In Rohit’s absence, Hanuma Vihari becomes the prime candidate to come into the setup for the No. 6 slot – which was the toss-up in the opening Test.
Prithvi Shaw continues to be on the path to recovery following his ankle injury during the practice match against Cricket Australia XI.
Team Australia led by Tim Paine would like to make most out of this opportunity. With experienced players like Ashwin and Rohit’s absence , Aussies would like to take the score to 1-1.