Australia vs India 2018-19 Tests: Young India sensation Prithvi Shaw has been ruled out of the remainder of the Test series and Mayank Agarwal has been roped in place of him. Shaw had picked up the injury during the practice game against Cricket Australia XI, where he twisted his ankle while attempting to take a catch. He was taken for an MRI scan immediately while the team was in Sydney, but it seems the team is not ready to gamble with him. There were rumours doing the rounds that he may be fit ahead of the Boxing Day Test, but that does not seem to be the case as he has been ruled out. Shaw scored a brilliant 69-ball 66 and got fans thronging to SCG on Day 2. It seems not just the Indian fans but even Australians are heartbroken after Shaw picked up the ankle injury. Also Read - ICC T20I Rankings 2021: Virat Kohli Climbs to 6th Spot, KL Rahul Retains Second Position in Batsmen's Tally
It is also likely that Hardik Pandya flies along with Mayank Agarwal to Australia for the third Test starting December 26. This is a big setback for India, who are having a problem in the series as their openers are not firing. Shaw was in glorious form in the tour game and was looked at as the ideal replacement for either a Murali Vijay or a KL Rahul. The young sensation had slammed a 69-ball 66 in the tour game and it seemed India had found a solid opener at the top, but that was not to be the case. Also Read - David Warner Admits Rushing Injury Return For India Test Series Was a Mistake
Meanwhile, India is reeling in the ongoing Perth Test, where they are on the verge of a loss and that would mean Australia square the series 1-1 after India took the lead at Adelaide with a 31-run win. Also Read - India vs England 2021: Fit Umesh Yadav Likely to Replace Jasprit Bumrah in Team India's Playing XI For 4th Test in Ahmedabad
Chasing 287 on a testing surface, India were 112 for five at stumps with skipper Virat Kohli’s (17) dismissal in the 20th over of the second innings dealing a massive blow to the away team’s hopes.
The last specialist pair of Hanuma Vihari (24) and Rishabh Pant (9) were in the middle when stumps were drawn and they will have to bat well in the first session on day five for India to have any chance of scoring the remaining 175 runs.