India received a huge setback for their ongoing limited overs tour of Australia after fast bowler Mohammad Shami picked up a hamstring injury ahead of the first warm-up game in Perth and has been ruled out of the tournament.
Often it is said that a batsman in form during a lengthy series is the most dangerous aspect of cricket. He can just carry on throughout and get an amazing run under his belt, certainly if the opposition is kind.
In a closely fought series, wherein they have proven Australia to be very vulnerable, India has found themselves at the wrong end of the score-line. They trailed by 2-0 going into the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and given their past record another series defeat loomed large.
Barely a week after thrashing the Sri Lankans 5-0 the Indian team is already in Australia preparing for another tough Test series before the eventual World Cup in February and March, writes Tapabrata Banejee.
Indian bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami shared a last-wicket partnership of 111 and Shami then bowled England captain Alastair Cook as India remained in charge of the opening Test at Trent Bridge.