Sehwag offers to fly to Australia for Brisbane Test
With Team India struggling to put up 11 fit cricketers against Australia in Brisbane, where the hosts are undefeated for over 32 years, former India opener Virender Sehwag offered in a cheeky tweet to come out of retirement and fly to Australia to come to the rescue of the injury-ravaged side.
“Itne sab players injured hain , 11 na ho rahe hon toh Australia jaane ko taiyaar hoon, quarantine dekh lenge @BCCI,” wrote Sehwag from his Twitter handle, including a collage of the players India will be missing on owing to injury.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 12, 2021
In what could be a telling blow for the visiting side, pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah with an abdominal strain was the latest addition on the injury list, joining the likes of Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and KL Rahul who are already ruled out.
Meanwhile Mayank Agarwal — tipped to be Hanuma Vihari’s replacement in the playing XI in Brisbane — has also sustained a knock on the hands and it could be a hairline fracture. The availability of Ravichandran Ashwin — who contributed from the front on the final day of the SCG to secure a draw — is not certain either.
After getting bundled out for just 36 in the second innings as well as conceding an embarrassing eight-wicket defeat to the home side in the series opener, India came back strongly in the second match in Melbourne to win by eight wickets. The fourth match in Brisbane starts from Friday (January 15), with Team India eyeing yet another series victory Down Under.
However, India’s quest to victory will be anything but easy, as the Aussies have not lost a Test at The Gabba for more than 32 years. The last time an Australian Test team was beaten in Brisbane was in November, 1988 when the great West Indian team captained by Sir Viv Richards beat them by 9 wickets at the venue.