Mumbai: India pacer Mohammed Shami got retired hurt against Australia in the first Test after he suffered a blow on his wrist when he tried to dodge a bouncer by Pat Cummins.
It seemed to each other that he would be able to bat, but then finally decided to end India’s second innings at 36/9. Australia needed 90 runs to win and took a total of 8 wickets.
India captain Virat Kohli was asked to provide an update on Shami’s injury and said that the right-arm pacer was in a lot of pain and was rushed to the hospital for a scan.
“No news on Shami, he’s going for a scan now. Was in a lot of pain, couldn’t even lift his arm. We’ll probably know in the evening what happens,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
It is still to be seen whether Shami will be able to return in the second Test at the MCG against Australia. If he is not able to bowl, it will deepen India’s pace bowling crisis as fast bowler Ishant Sharma has also been ruled out of the series due to injury.
India lost by eight wickets as they trailed 0–1 in the four-match series. The two teams will meet again on 26 December for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, where guests will be without Kohli’s services.
(With Agency Inputs)