The injury to India’s pace spearhead Mohammad Shami has jolted the men in blue even before the ODI series against Australia commences. With the first ODI to be played at the iconic WACA Stadium in Perth, pacers are bound to have a field day. According to India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun, rookie left-arm pacer Brainder Sran, who impressed everyone in the warm-up fixture is in line to make his ODI debut in the first ODI.

Off late, there have been several question marks raised over the fitness of Ishant Sharma. Sharma did not feature in any of the warm-up games and bowled with low intensity in the net sessions. With Umesh Yadav a guaranteed starter for Perth, Sran indeed will make his international debut in the first ODI.

“He is a bowler with a lot of potentials. He has been pretty impressive in the two games that he has played,” said bowling coach Arun about Sran. “Being a left-arm, he gives us the added advantage. And we have somebody whom we can groom to become a good bowler in the future for us. “If he has got the ability then why not play him? It is a bilateral series and we have to try out the potential bowlers that we have. He has been impressive so far.”

Speaking about Ishant’s fitness, Arun said, “Ishant is a very experienced bowler and if you have noticed before the game he was bowling on the ground. He has been bowling 25-30 balls on the ground. So I guess we would like to try other boys. And with Shami being injured, it becomes all the more important for us to check who we are going to play in the next game. From that point of view, it’s important that we play the rest.”

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