If Bumrah can not play, their already inexperienced attack will be led by Mohammed Siraj, who has only played two Tests, alongside Navdeep Saini who made his debut at Sydney plus one of the uncapped T. Natarajan or Shardul Thakur.
Ahead of the upcoming fourth and final Test against India at The Gabba, opening batsman Will Pucovski did not hit the nets on Wednesday as he was restricted to just field training due to a shoulder injury. But recently, an Indian-Australian fan added a new twist to the saga by claiming he did not hear racist taunts from the set of spectators who were ejected from the SCG on Sunday.
Before that, Pujara (77) and Pant (97) had shared a 148-run partnership for the third wicket to bring India not only in a position to draw the Test but also gave the team an unlikely hope of winning the match.
The injuries might deter India's chances on paper as it has and might further lose the services of many of its heavyweights. "I look at the IPL now like I used to look at (English) county cricket for young players, you go and play county cricket and it helps their development enormously", said Langer.
Also part of the session were seamer Shardul Thakur and all-rounder Washington Sundar. Both teams are being subjected to strict quarantine rules as they have arrived in Queensland from Sydney in New South Wales, which saw a rise in Covid-19 cases recently.
The unnamed Indian official, who was speaking to The Times of India, said the touring party weren't happy with what they faced on arrival. But 20 years later, the injury-clad duo of Vihari and Ashwin batting out 2.5 hours against a fierce Aussie bowling attack to save the day is no mean feat either. Come The Gabba, surely it will again be about going full throttle one last time with an eye on the coveted Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The hosts had won the first Test, while visitors came back strongly in the second Test, and now, the series stands level at 1-1.