India faces potential pace bowling crisis ahead of WTC Finals due to IPL injuries

The much-awaited World Test Championship (WTC) Finals between India and Australia is all set to take place on June 7 at the Oval. The Indian cricket team has announced its squad for the finals, with Rohit Sharma leading the side. The squad consists of experienced players like Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, and the young talents like Shubman Gill and KL Rahul. The squad also includes some impressive all-rounders in Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel.

However, the news about some of the Indian pacers struggling with injuries has raised concerns among fans and cricket experts. Umesh Yadav, who was playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has been out due to a hamstring injury. Jasprit Bumrah, who was expected to make a comeback, failed to do so as he is still recovering from a back injury and surgery. Jaydev Unadkat is also struggling with an injury.


With the WTC Finals just a few weeks away, the fitness levels of the players have become a major concern. The pitch at the Oval is known to be pacers friendly, and both teams will heavily rely on their fast bowlers to get an edge over the opposition. In this scenario, the absence of key pacers can be a major setback for the Indian team.

The only two pacers currently giving their 100 percent in the IPL are Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj. However, cricket experts have raised concerns over their fitness levels for the WTC finals, as they have been playing back-to-back matches for their respective IPL teams. Some experts suggest that the BCCI should advise the teams of Shami and Siraj to rest them ahead of the WTC finals, to ensure their fitness levels for the crucial match.