Saini, who has also played 10 T20 Internationals and seven ODIs, is not part of India's squad for the first two home Tests against England starting February 5 in Chennai.
The men who humbled Australia in their own backyard are not the ones staring from the billboards in manic metro cities but shy, quiet and unassuming characters from the suburbs and the hinterlands.
Injury concerns mounted for India as pacer Navdeep Saini was taken for scans after complaining of groin pain on day one of the fourth Test on Friday.
The 28-year-old Saini had bowled five balls of his eighth, and the innings 36th, over during the second session when he had to walk off the field because of the pain.
Navdeep S Bains issued a video statement wherein the 43-year-old minister said he was retiring from politics to spend more time with his family.
On day three, Australia bundled out India for 244 in the first innings as Pat Cummins scalped four wickets.
Rohit Sharma has replaced Mayank Agarwal as opener in the India team for the third Test against Australia that gets underway at the Sydney Cricket Ground from Thursday.
The former left-arm pacer feels the selection of Saini for the Sydney Test, starting Thursday, is a no-brainer if one goes by pure cricketing logic.
The Indian team had a net session at the overcast Sydney Cricket Ground on the day and all eyes were on Rohit Sharma, who looked pretty comfortable against both pace and spin.
Visitors to bring in Rohit straightaway, Saini likely to make debut because of his extra pace.
The five players, who were put in isolation after both the Australian and Indian cricket boards launched an investigation into a video showing them sitting indoors in a restaurant in Melbourne on Frid
While an official confirmation is awaited, Umesh's injury leaves India thinner on pace resources. They are already without Ishant Sharma, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami.
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Such has been his plight that Kohli was forced to bowl a half-fit Hardik Pandya and even Mayanak Agarwal to complete Saini's spell after he gave away 70 runs in seven overs.
Off the last ball of the 18th over, Saini injured his right-hand thumb and walked off the field. The team's physio said that he is not sure when Saini will be good to go.