Injury after injury, Team India suffered another blow on the first day of the fourth Test against Australia at the Gabba on Friday.
This time, it was pacer Navdeep Saini who seemed to have injured his groin. The incident happened during his eight over, while bowling to Marnus Labuschagne, that he did the damage. Just on the previous ball, he had nearly claimed the wicket of Labuschagne, but skipper Ajinkya Rahane missed a simple catch.
Medium-pacer and India’s opening batsman Rohit Sharma was then summoned to complete the rest of the over, with only one ball to go.
Seeing Sharma pick up the ball was an unusual sight for many as scenes coming from Brisbane had fans all over India in a frenzy.
Into the attack: Rohit Sharma from the Vulture St End!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 15, 2021
Image of the series – Rohit Sharma bowling medium pace at Gabba. pic.twitter.com/RLdche0ETd
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 15, 2021
— ICC (@ICC) January 15, 2021
Rohit Sharma bowling medium-pacer has just become the new lasting image of India’s tour of Australia 2020-21 #AUSvIND
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) January 15, 2021
Look who's bowling. Probably just a ball. He's bowling medium pace. Rohit Sharma ♂️
— Nikhil (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 15, 2021
*Rohit Sharma bowling
Le Rohit Sharma fans : pic.twitter.com/Wad6maKx9O
— Paras Jain (@_paras25_) January 15, 2021
Rohit adapted virat action of bowling #RohitSharma
— prayu45 #mi #ict (@prayu_45) January 15, 2021
If there were a 5th Test, Rohit Sharma would be the leader of the bowling attack.
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) January 15, 2021
— Neel (@Iam_neel) January 15, 2021
Rohit Sharma has bowled before Kuldeep Yadav.
— Anurag (@ToshniwalAnurag) January 15, 2021
All Rohit fans….mark this moment… you may not see it again soon
— FlashScore Cricket Commentators (@FlashCric) January 15, 2021
India's most experienced bowler out of the current XI – Rohit Sharma.
— Cricket24.com (@Cricket24_COM) January 15, 2021
— Vijaymad 2.O (@imPVK94B) January 15, 2021
Sharma has had an eventful first day on the field so far at the Gabba. First, the run-machine pulled off a stunner by diving full to his right at the second slip to send David Warner back to the hut for just 1.
Then he caught one to dismiss the dangerous-looking Steve Smith packing for 36, handing Washington Sundar his maiden Test wicket on the day of his debut.
India have made as many as four changes in their playing XI which last featured in Sydney. Jasprit Bumrah, Hanuman Vihari, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been left out because of their respective injuries and have been replaced by debutants T Natarajan and Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur and Mayank Agarwal.
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