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If Shami, Ishant, and Yadav were not injured, there would have been no response from Australia: Gautam Gambhir

January 7, 2021

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Durba

Gambhir states that the Australian batsmen would have no chance to post a massive score against a full-strength Indian pace unit. The Men in Blue have had their injury woes, especially in the fast bowling department. Three of their four premier Test pacers are not available.

The pace bowler Ishant Sharma had picked up an injury during the IPL 2020 season. He was then ruled out after playing just one game in UAE. Even though he began his rehabilitation at the NCA, he couldn't recover in time to be available for the series.

The team had to suffer one more blow during the first Test when Shami fractured his wrist. The seamer was trying to tackle a short-ball from Pat Cummins. Post that, things went from bad to worse for the Indian side as Yadav was ruled out of the remaining of the series. Yadav had pulled his calf muscle during the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

Speaking to ANI, Gautam Gambhir mentioned how fragile the present Australian batting line-up is. With quality bowlers like Shami and Umesh, the Aussie batsmen would have had no way back in the series. The visitors have already managed to pocket one win without the services of some of their main players.

I don't think this kind of fragility was ever witnessed in Australia's batting line-up: Gautam Gambhir

Despite significant absentees in Team India's fast bowling department, Australia has only reached the 200-run mark so far in the series. Therefore, Gambhir feels that Team India must take advantage of such a vulnerable batting line-up. Although the Men in Blue are without the services of captain Virat Kohli, Gambhir still feels the visitors have a great chance of winning. 

After India's forceful victory in the Melbourne Test, Australia knows that another defeat will give India the Trophy. Thus, Gautam Gambhir wants the Indian side not to take their foot off the pedal and enforce as much pressure as possible.

Australia is already under pressure with Steve Smith notching up only ten runs in 4 innings. On the other hand, Marnus Labuschagne and Matthew Wade have scored more than 100 runs in 2 Tests. The four-match Border Gavaskar Test series between India and Australia stands tied at 1-1.

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