India's injury woes compounded on Friday with pacer Navdeep Saini limping off the field during Day 1's play of the fourth and final Test against Australia at The Gabba, Brisbane.
He's the fourth pacer to face injury since the start of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series at Adelaide Oval last December. Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah have picked up injuries, leaving India to field the net bowlers, literally. Then there were injuries to Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
In fact, India handed pacer T Natarajan and spinner Washington Sundar, and called back Shardul Thakur for the series decider.
Saini, who made his Test debut in the last match in Sydney, walked off the field with a groin issue after delivering the fifth ball of the 36th over, which interestingly was a dropped catch off Marnus Labuschagne by skipper Ajinkya Rahane at gully.
Saini, 28, returned briefly after the drinks break, but soon left again.
Later, the BCCI revealed that the bowler has been sent for scans.
"Navdeep Saini has complained of pain in his groin. He is currently being monitored by the BCCI medical team," read a short statement from the BCCI on the one-Test-old bowler's condition.
"Navdeep Saini has now gone for scans," added a brief update that came after the initial note.
Vice-captain Rohit Sharma completed Saini's over.
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