According to news outlet PTI, India’s Jasprit Bumrah has been disqualified from the T20 World Cup.
According to BCCI sources cited by news outlet PTI, India’s best fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has a back stress fracture and will not compete in the T20 World Cup. Bumrah was forced to sit out of Wednesday’s opening Twenty20 match against South Africa because he “complained of back pain during India’s practise session.” The loss of Bumrah to the T20 World Cup is a devastating blow to the Indian team, which is already missing Ravindra Jadeja.
“Undoubtedly, Bumrah won’t participate in the World T20. He has a severe back problem. Since it’s a stress fracture, he might be sidelined for six months “An anonymous senior BCCI official told PTI this.
Bumrah previously had to withdraw from the 2022 Asia Cup due to a back injury as well. He played in the second and third games of the T20I series between India and Australia earlier this month, marking his return to the Indian team.
Bumrah’s injury is thought to be serious enough to keep him out of action for several months but not severe enough to require surgery. Bumrah is anticipated to travel to the NCA on Thursday, though nothing is official just yet. The final choice will be made after examining the reports.
The four-man pace bowling attack for the T20 World Cup in Australia included the 28-year-old fast bowler in addition to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, and Harshal Patel. Bumrah is reportedly out, so India will likely choose between Mohammed Shami and Deepak Chahar to take his place. Both players have been listed as standbys for the prestigious tournament.
Mohammed Siraj, who currently plays County for Warwickshire, is another name that is being bandied about.
Earlier this month, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s knee injury forced him out of the T20 World Cup, dealing another severe blow to the Rohit Sharma-led Team India. Axar Patel, however, stepped up in his absence and provided steady play for India in recent T20I matches against Australia and South Africa.
The BCCI, who went to great lengths to cocoon the Indian pacer, will also be severely hurt by Bumrah’s absence from the T20 World Cup. Bumrah has played in just three T20Is of India’s 24 games since the team’s return to action following the 2022 Indian Premier League. He participated in six international games for the team following the IPL, which also included a Test and two ODIs (all against England).
Bumrah, one of the top pace bowlers in contemporary cricket, has played for India in 60 T20 Internationals so far and has claimed 70 wickets, moving him into second place among fast bowlers for India in this format in terms of wicket-taking.