AUS vs IND: Australian head coach makes a big statement on IPL
India tour of Australia has been surrounded by injuries to both sides throughout the series. Both the teams have suffered enough due to the injuries caused to their key players during the series. David Warner was the first in list as he suffered a groin injury and was subsequently ruled out for the limited overs leg and the first two tests. Marcus Stoinis too was injured but played for the team as they had no other choice.
Aaron Finch too was ruled out for a game. The Indian team different few injuries during the limited overs leg. Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out of the T20 series after playing the first one.
The test series has seen some of the most painful injuries as the Indian team has almost lost their half side. Rishabh Pant with an elbow injury is doubtful for the fourth test. Ravichandran Ashwin has a back issue. Jasprit Bumrah has suffered an abdominal strain. Ravindra Jadeja has a broken thumb. Mohammad Shami has a broken arm. Umesh Yadav suffered a calf niggle. KL Rahul suffered a wrist injury in nets. Mayank Agarwal too was hurt in the nets and is doubtful for the fourth test. Hanuma Vihari suffered a Grade 2 tear in hamstring while batting in the third test.
The list of injuries is long. Australian head coach Justin Langer in an press meet has blamed the timing of the IPL this year for all the injuries. This year IPL was shifted to UAE due to the COVID-19 situation in India. It began in the month of September and ended in November.
The players left for Australia directly from UAE and we’re in quarantine. The hard schedule of all the players and the toll that it took on them was immense feels the Aussie coach.
With the test series on line, Indian team has lost almost half of their side and a few doubtful to play. The fourth test will begin from Friday at Brisbane. Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah have been sent for scans and their availability will be decided by the management accordingly.