Mohammed Shami to miss remainder of India tour of Australia

Mohammed Shami

India fast bowler Mohammed Shami has been ruled out for the remaining three Tests of India’s tour to Australia due to a fractured arm.

Shami injured during India humiliation

Shami suffered the injury after taking a ball straight to the arm while batting in India’s second innings of the first Test.

It was a day mired in disaster for the India team, who were bowled out for their lowest ever total in Test cricket, just 36. Shami was the last man to leave the field, retired hurt with the visitors on 36/9.

Probably due to the situation, he tried to put on a brave face and initially send the medical team away and attempted to resume his innings.

However, they returned after it became clear he could not lift the bat above his head and he was retired. Unsurprisingly, Shami did not return to the field at all for the remainder of the match.

After the match, India captain Virat Kohli revealed that the strike bowler had been sent for scans after experiencing extreme pain.

Heading home

From there, the fracture was revealed, along with the expectation that Shami will soon depart Australia as it is not an injury that will heal before the team’s tour to Australia has come to an end.

It was not made immediately clear when exactly he would be heading home, but all expectations are that he will be on the same flight as Kohli. The India captain is on the way home to celebrate the birth of his first child.

There isn’t a lot of experience in the squad to replace Shami, but there is plenty of determination and fire in the form of Navdeep Saini and Mohammad Siraj. Either of whom would be on debut if given the nod.