Team India has been plagued by injuries on this trip to England. Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were unable to play the first few matches due to injuries. Now, another injury deals a major blow as Dinesh Karthik has injured his finger and will be unable to play the upcoming crucial match.
This really is not much of a loss as Karthik would probably have been dropped anyway after his string of below average performances. He has only managed to score 21 runs in 4 innings, including ducks, which really is not in his favour.
Harsha Bhogle, leading commentator, while speaking to Cricbuzz, indicated towards a possible debut for Rishabh Pant. Pant has been seen in the nets way more than Karthik has, and that might be a sign, as to why Pant is being brought in.
Bumrah replaced Kuldeep Yadav and will probably strengthen the bowling order. It is also left to be seen whether Shikhar Dhawan will return, after being dropped prior to the Lord’s test.
Like a silver lining to this story, we have Rishabh Pant joining the team. Making his debut he will be the 291st player to represent India in Test cricket. Making his debut in the third Test match between India and England in the direst of situations.
After two losses back to back, India needs a win as the score is 0-2. Call it luck of timing that Dinesh injured his finger and got our and Pant got it. Fans are hoping that the inclusion will give India a fighting chance in the Test series of 5 matches.
All eyes will be on the young player as the stage couldn’t be higher. India needs a win and the last performances have been nothing less than embarrassing. Pant could be the light that India needs at the moment.