Indian cricket fans are yet to come to terms with what happened at Adelaide Oval yesterday. But bad things just don't seem to end for them as India received another blow to their campaign down under.
Indian paceman Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of remainder of the series after he fractured his hand while batting yesterday. Coming in at number 11 after India's infamous batting collapse, he didn't succeed to get out of the way of a vicious bouncer from Pat Cummins. Right from the moment ball hit his bowling arm, Mohammed Shami was uncomfortable and looked in great pain. After having word with the doctor, he was termed retired out as it was pretty difficult for him even to hold the bat.
After the scans, it was confirmed that he has fractured his right arm and will return back to India for further treatment. He is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks and will be aiming to play the England series on home soil. No replacement has been named yet in the test squad.
India may ring plenty of changes to their playing XI for the second test starting on Boxing Day. Some of them will be forced while some of them are expected on current form. Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami are confirmed exclusions as Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj are set to replace them in order. This will be Mohammed Siraj's test match debut if he plays at MCG. Apart from that, Prithvi Shaw and Wridhiman Saha are under scanner. If team management decides to replace them then KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant are likely options from the squad. Either way, India will have to leave behind the scares from Adelaide if they are to put up any challenges in the upcoming matches.