WITH just weeks to go before the T20 World Cup in Australia, Team India suffered a huge setback with aaspacer Jasprit Bumrah becoming doubtful for the tournament after complaining of back pain.
Bumrah did not play the first T20 against South Africa on Wednesday and flew to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru a day later to have his back condition monitored.
“We have been told that his injury is not looking good at the moment and it appears that he will not travel to Australia with the Indian team. The medical team will submit a detailed report shortly,” a BCCI official confirmed to The Indian Express .
It is not yet clear whether Bumrah will undergo surgery, although he also missed the Asia Cup in the UAE last month due to a back injury.
This month he was declared fit at home for three T20 series against Australia and played the second and third T20 in Nagpur and Hyderabad. His bowling figures were 1/23 in 2 overs in Nagpur and 0/50 in four overs in Hyderabad.
Lately, Indian bowling in the endovers in T20s has come under fire. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel and Arshdeep Singh have all leaked runs, and Bumrah is expected to spearhead the team in the World Cup, which will be held from October 16 to November 13. India ‘s first match will be against Pakistan in the MCG on October 23 .
In the six T20 internationals he has played in Australia, Bumrah has taken eight wickets with an economy of 8.08 and an average of 22.75. He made his T20 debut in Australia in January 2016.
The BCCI had barred Bumrah from the first T20 match against South Africa in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. “Jasprit Bumrah complained of back pain during the practice session in India on Tuesday. BCCI’s medical team has assessed him,” it said.
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If Bumrah is completely excluded from the T20 World Cup, the selection committee will have to choose Mohammad Shami or Deepak Chahar, who have been added as standby players for the tournament.
However, Shami and Chahar are not known for their bowling in the end-overs with them both shining up front in the Powerplay.
Shami had missed the series against Australia and South Africa due to Covid. He has not been seen in a T20I for India since their match against Afghanistan at the World Cup last year. However, he had picked 20 wickets in IPL 2022, most of them for Gujarat Titans to earn the title.
Bumrah’s importance to the team was underlined by their captain Rohit Sharma ahead of the start of the T20 series against Australia earlier this month.
“Bumrah is a very important player. The way he has performed in recent years has been fantastic. He is an attacking bowler and if such a bowler is not part of the team, the team is not going well,” said Rohit. said.
Just days ago, former Aussie great Mark Waugh, legendary Ricky Ponting and former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene had all picked Bumrah as one of their top five players for the World Cup.
“I think he’s a fantastic bowler in all sizes, actually. His ability to get wickets in T20 cricket is key. He can bowl to death and he can bowl before,’ Waugh had said.