The frustration in the Indian cricket team camp as well as among the management is constantly growing. The losses are not the most upsetting thing for it but the players falling prey to the injuries. Thanks to these untimely injuries, India have failed to do well in back-to-back tournaments. They lost in the Asia Cup and made an exit from the semi-finals stage of the Men's 20-20 World Cup 2022 post facing a humiliating defeat against England. Throughout the year, major injuries to some big players have caused massive damage to India's chances in tournaments and some bilateral series as well.
Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are India's senior fast bowlers, particularly in Test cricket, but both players couldn’t make it to the recently concluded tour of Bangladesh. Shami was ruled out with a shoulder injury while Bumrah was recovering from a back injury, putting India in a fix. India’s wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik has expressed his thoughts on seasoned pacer Shami’s chances of being fully fit for the Test series against Australia.
“For Shami, it’s a big question, because he is somebody who is probably not as professional as Bumrah when it comes to training. He has had an injury and he’s been injury-struck for some time,” said Karthik on Cricbuzz.
The whole Indian backups have been injured: Dinesh Karthik
Recently, Bumrah posted a video of himself doing bowling practice on Instagram. It raised hopes of him returning for India's upcoming home Test series against Australia. India are also missing the services of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Karthik also talked about the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy and named off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as the one who could make a massive difference.
“The whole Indian backups have been injured over a period of time for some strange reason. The Indian team and NCA need to align themselves towards how they are going to plan in making sure the players stay fit over a period of time,” he said.
“In the previous decade, there were not many series won without Anil Kumble. That mantle has been taken over by Ashwin. He makes a major contribution in most of the series played on the subcontinent. He has the mental edge over Australia and that needs to come through," he added.