The Indian team will not take any chances with fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who is “50% fit” ahead of the fourth Test against Australia at the Gabba. However, in the case of R Ashwin who has been struggling with back spasms, a final call will be taken by Wednesday afternoon.
If Ashwin stays for the Test, apropos of Bumrah, the Indian team will walk into the game with six batsmen and five bowlers, including two spin bowling-allrounders.
Tamil Nadu cricketer Washington Sundar, who was asked to stay back in Australia after the white ball series, now stands a huge chance to wear the Test whites for the fourth Test, alongside Ashwin, if the latter is declared fit to play.
Mayank Agarwal, who was expected to play this Test in the absence of Hanuma Vihari, who has been ruled out, also suffered a knock in the nets on Monday, is being observed. Should Agarwal also be ruled out, the young Prithvi Shaw will find himself back in the scheme of things, only this time to play in the middle-order.
Given Sundar’s batting abilities, he and Ashwin can be expected to play the role of all-rounders, thus boosting India’s batting order as against a depleted bowling attack that will now rest on the shoulders of Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur.