India or India A? Ishant to Jadeja, the long injury list going into the Gabba Test

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The Indian XI at the Gabba will look very different from what they would have wanted for the series decider

Somewhere amid their 36 all out at Adelaide Oval, the remarkable comeback at the MCG and the rearguard for the ages at the SCG, the story of India’s Test tour of Australia has been about the injuries.

There was a short list even before India left for Australia, with the names of the Sharmas – Rohit and Ishant – in it, but since then, the number has increased alarmingly. So much so that the team for the series-deciding final Test at the Gabba will likely look very different from anyone’s idea of the best Indian Test XI.

Virat Kohli was always going to leave after the first Test, and Rohit was going to be available for the third and fourth Tests – nothing has changed there. But elsewhere…

Yes, that was the first of those. Pat Cummins making sure Mohammed Shami – the new-ball…

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