Team India received a massive blow as senior pacer Umesh Yadav walked off the field with an injured calf on day 3 of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The list seems to increase for India after they lost Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar early before a fractured arm in the first Test ruled Mohammed Shami out of the Test series.
Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav started well in the second innings as India look to bowl out the Aussies for a cheap total to level terms in the series. Bumrah was on the money from the first delivery hitting Matthew Wade’s pads before bowling a toe-crushing yorker to Joe Burns. The Aussie opener got away thanks to the umpire’s call.
Umesh Yadav suffers calf injury
However, Burns poor form with the bat continues as the peach of a delivery from Umesh Yadav ended his stay in the middle. Joe Burns reviewed the decision but the HotSpot showed a mark and it was a simple catch for Rishabh Pant. Just when Umesh started to look in rhythm he suffered a niggle in his calf.
The fast bowler from Vidarbha limped over on completing his followthrough, looked to be in a lot of pain, calls for the physio and walks off gingerly. India will hope it’s just cramped and he would be available soon. Debutant Mohammed Siraj completed the over before stand-in-skipper Ajinkya Rahane called in Ravichandran Ashwin to bowl from the end Umesh Yadav was bowling.
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Earlier in the day, Australian bowlers showed intent especially Mitchell Starc to pick India’s remaining five wickets in the morning session. India managed only 32 runs in the opening session and once Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja were back in the hut, it was only time Australia would clean up the tail.
BCCI gives an update on Umesh Yadav
Meanwhile, the Indian cricket team has finally come with an update on the star fast bowler. He is currently being assessed by BCCI’s medical team and has been taken for the scans. His further participation in the ongoing Test and the rest of the series hangs by the wire. It will be a massive blow for India if the injury turns out to be serious than it looks.
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