'Ajinkya bhaiya asked me If could bowl': Navdeep Saini opens up on how he combatted groin pain to bowl in Brisbane Test
Navdeep Saini said he risked aggravating his injury by bowling in the second innings of the Brisbane Test but given what was at stake, "it was a no brainer".
India vs Australia: Adam Gilchrist says visitors will have to work out why they've suffered so many injuries
The Indian team has turned into a mini-hospital with multiple players nursing injuries, so much so that it became difficult to field a fit playing XI for the fourth Test which began on Friday.
India vs Australia: Visitors' inexperienced bowling attack toils valiantly as teams share honours on Day 1
Despite the lack of Test experience, all bowlers did an admirable job. Taking five wickets on a placid Gabba pitch was a terrific effort, but as they discovered during the day, it only gets tougher with each spell in Test cricket.
The 28-year-old Saini had bowled five balls of his eighth, and the innings 36th, over during the second session when he had to walk off the field because of the pain.
India vs Australia: Can't catch a break, or a ball—Ajinkya Rahane and Co left seeking a Monday Miracle at Sydney
The visitors need to chase down 407 – which would be the third-highest successful chase in Test history – or, more realistically, bat out around 130 overs to leave themselves a chance of winning this series.
India vs Australia: 'You do get upset as a bowler when it happens' — Mohammed Siraj on dropped catches
Mohammed Siraj added that bowlers can't do much about dropped catches and need to remain focussed on their bowling.
India vs Australia: Will Pucovski, Marnus Labuschagne fifties put hosts on top on rain-hit day in Sydney
Australia were 166 for two at stumps after more than three hours' play was lost due to persistent drizzle at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
India have decided to drop opener Mayank Agarwal for the third Test against Australia.
India vs Australia: Navdeep Saini better suited to play Sydney Test due to his extra pace, says Ashish Nehra
While Shardul Thakur and T Natarajan are also in contention, the former left-arm pacer feels the selection of Saini for the Sydney Test, starting Thursday, is a no-brainer if one goes by pure cricketing logic.
India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma set to replace Mayank Agarwal; Shardul Thakur or Navdeep Saini the big question
While Agarwal's axing was only a matter of time after seven failures in last eight Test innings, the choice for the third pacer's slot has got a bit tricky with divergent opinions emerging on who could fit the role best in absence of an injured Umesh Yadav.
The Test series is currently locked 1-1 after India fought back for an eight-wicket triumph in the Melbourne Test following a humiliating loss in the opener in Adelaide.
It all started after a fan, identified as Navaldeep Singh, tweeted pictures and videos of Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini and Shubman Gill having a meal at a restaurant.
India vs Australia: Fan pays bill worth Rs 6,683 for Indian cricketers' lunch at Melbourne restaurant
The fan, identified as Navaldeep Singh, posted a series of tweets where he stated that not only was he seated close to the cricketers, but picked up their lunch tab as well.
India vs Australia: Umesh Yadav doubtful for third Test after suffering calf muscle injury, says report
Umesh Yadav suffered the injury during the third day of the Boxing Day Test.
India vs Australia: Kapil Dev says Indian bowlers shouldn't get carried away with pace-friendly wickets
The legendary pacer felt that the Indians still lack experience of bowling on Australian pitches.
India vs Australia: Virat Kohli faces ample number of deliveries at SCG nets ahead of Adelaide pink ball Test
India still have two sessions at the Adelaide Oval, but in terms of batting and bowling, the team seems to be well prepared for the first Test.
India vs Australia A: All-round Jasprit Bumrah headlines opening day with Australia A bowled out for 108
With his unbeaten 55 off 57 balls, Bumrah was the top-scorer for the visitors, who folded for a disappointing 194 in 48.3 overs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
India can take solace from the fact that in both matches, the batting looked the part and maybe, a target of 335 to 340 could have been chased on both occasions.
India vs Australia: Pacer T Natarajan included in visitors' ODI squad; Ishant Sharma ruled out of Tests
Natarajan travelled to Australia as part of the T20 team, and has been drafted into the ODI side as cover for fellow pacer Navdeep Saini, who reportedly suffered a back spasm ahead of the series.
Shastri said his team's pace unit was the best in the world, despite being likely to be without the injured Ishant Sharma who is receiving treatment India for a muscle tear.