Navdeep Saini got injured on Day 1 of the Brisbane Test. The fast bowler bowled just 7.5 overs in the 1st innings and was wicketless before hobbling off the field.
The pacer tried to return later on but made his way back to the dressing room after failing to recover from the knock. The Indian medical team faces a race against time to get the injured fast bowler fit for the second innings by Australia in Brisbane.
Navdeep Saini Has A Groin Injury But Medical Team Is Putting In Best Efforts So That He Can Take Field In 2nd Innings: Source
According to a source, the medical team are doing their level best to treat Navdeep Saini’s groin injury to help him take the field during Australia’s second essay.
“The medical team is working on Saini. He has a groin injury, but they are trying their best to ensure that he can take the field in the second innings”
The BCCI took to social media to provide an update on the pacer’s injury. The board first revealed that he was being monitored by the medical team present after complaining of pain in his groin. A second update by the BCCI confirmed that the fast bowler went for scans later after the end of 1st day’s play. He didn’t bowl in 2nd day.
Navdeep Saini’s Availability For 2nd Innings Could Boost India
Navdeep Saini’s availability for the 2nd innings could be a big boost for India. With his height and extra pace, he was expected to shine on a bouncy Gabba wicket. But his untimely injury prevented him from doing so, as India’s woeful luck with injuries continued in this tour.
His return will also help take the workload off the other pacers. Australia made the visitors toil hard in the 1st innings as they batted for 115 overs. All the Indian pacers were put through the paces, and they will welcome his potential return. Mohammed Siraj bowled 28 overs, while T Natarajan and Shardul Thakur bowled 24 each in long first innings for the visitors.
Australia managed 369 with T Natarajan, Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur picking 3 wickets each. The inexperienced bowling line up was fielded as India lost the services of bowlers Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah to injuries.