Bangalore, Sept 29 (VOICE) Jasprit Bumrah is no longer eligible for the World Cup and has been disqualified from the current Twenty20 match against South Africa. He is scheduled to arrive at Bengaluru’s National Cricket Academy (NCA). A successor will be selected by the selectors, who are most likely to choose Mohammed Siraj.
The prospects of the India spearhead recovering by the opening World Cup match are slim, but optimism is not abandoned, according to sources inside the Indian team management and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). His most recent injury is the result of a chronic back condition.
Bumrah played a few T20Is against Australia after his two-month injury layoff before collapsing once more. His eligibility for the final two games of the South Africa series has been ruled out by the Indian team’s physiotherapists and medical team, who have requested that he report to the NCA.
The team management is optimistic that the NCA personnel would restart the inquiry as is customary if the injury is severe enough to keep the player out for longer than six weeks. An injury of that sort to the back typically takes at least four weeks to heal, and India’s opening World Cup match against Pakistan at the MCG on October 23 is still nearly three weeks away.
It may not be unfair to rule him out of the World Cup given the short time between the two events and the history of similar injuries. The pacer hasn’t been definitively informed that he won’t be available for the World Cup, though, so neither the BCCI nor the team management know for sure as of yet. When his therapy begins on Friday, Bumrah will report to the NCA.
The board decided to take precautions to prevent the ailment from worsening just before the World Cup after Bumrah previously missed the Asia Cup in the UAE due to the back spasms he has been dealing with lately. Before rejoining the team for the Australia series, Bumrah had some time off to recover at the NCA in Bengaluru. Since his top bowler didn’t play in the opening match, Rohit Sharma said during that game that he was being gradually eased back in. He participated in the following two games, on September 23 and 25, but was unable to play in the opening match against South Africa on September 28 after complaining of back discomfort the night before the match.
In 2019, Bumrah dealt with a stress fracture in his back, which occurred shortly after his trip to the West Indies, during which he terrorised the local squad with 13 wickets in two games. Due to the injury, he was out for a long time and missed home series against South Africa and Bangladesh.
In order to replace Bumrah, the national selectors must still convene. However, it is learned that Siraj, who has experience bowling in significant matches, is likely to be given consideration for the South Africa series. Regarding the World Cup, Mohammed Shami has already been listed by the selectors as a standby, and he will likely be used.
Due to Covid, Shami was unable to attend the Australia and South Africa T20Is. However, the seasoned pacer tested negative and is now up for selection. The standbys will fly to Australia and will be immediately accessible for the team, as this website has previously reported. The three one-day international matches against South Africa, which will finish on October 11, might, however, create a minor delay in their journey.