'Writing on the wall': Fans turn on India after devastating setback

Andrew Reid
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Seen here, Mohammed Shami receives treatment after being hit on the arm in Adelaide.
Star India quick Mohammed Shami was injured while batting in the second innings in Adelaide. Pic: Getty

Cricket fans are writing off India in numbers after the latest blow to the visitors, ahead of the Boxing Day Test against Australia.

India paceman Mohammed Shami has a broken arm and is set to miss the remainder of the Test series in Australia, according to reports in his homeland.

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Shami had scans in Adelaide after copping a Pat Cummins delivery on his lower right arm while batting in the first Test.

He retired hurt as India crashed to 36 all out and didn't take the field as Australia banked an eight-wicket win.

The Press Trust of India (PTI) and Crincinfo both reported that scans revealed a fracture in Shami's right arm.

"Mohammed Shami has a fracture and the chances of him taking part in the remaining three Test matches is next to nil," a BCCI source told PTI, the agency is reporting.

Uncapped quick Mohammed Siraj is the leading contender to replace Shami for the Melbourne Test starting on Boxing Day.

The tourists must also replace captain and star batsman Virat Kohli, who is returning home to be at the birth of his first child.

Fans say while Kohli's scheduled absence is undoubtedly a big blow, the loss of Shami will be more difficult for India to cover.

As such, many fans are already writing off India's chances in the four-Test series, with some predicting a 4-0 series whitewash to the Aussies.

Indian selectors could also axe opening bat Prithvi Shaw, who made a duck and four in Adelaide when twice bowled while attempting a defensive shot.

KL Rahul and Shubman Gill are in the frame to be summoned to top-six slots in the batting order.

Regardless of the potential changes, Kohli called for calm amid a backlash in India to their Adelaide debacle.

Pictured here, India captain Virat Kohli salutes after making a half century in Adelaide.
India's captain and best batsman Virat Kohli will leave some big shoes to fill. Pic: Getty

"We definitely don't feel like we are able to be getting bowled out so cheaply ...on a regular basis," Kohli said after the first Test.

"So I don't think it is anything alarming. We can very well sit here and make a mountain out of a molehill.

"But it's basically looking at things in the right perspective and knowing what we need to do as a team moving forward ... rather than going too much into the past and what has happened.

"We learn from our mistakes and we move forward."

with AAP

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