India’s pace specialist Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the T20 World Cup on Thursday due to a stress fracture in his back, giving a massive blow to the team’s hopes at the ICC’s marquee event beginning in Australia next month.
Bumrah did not play in the first Twenty20 International against South Africa in Trivandrum, as skipper Rohit Sharma said at the toss that the pacer was being rested due to a back strain. According to PTI, Bumrah has sustained a stress fracture in his back and will therefore miss the forthcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2022, which will be held in Australia beginning on October 16.
He is set to report to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, where the physicians will examine him and determine whether or not he needs surgery. However, according to sources, he would be out of action for four to six months.
A stress fracture is a small bone fracture produced by overuse and is common among sportsmen. Stress fractures happen when a bone bruise from a stress response goes unnoticed for a long time.
Back stress fractures may not need surgery but require a lot of time to heal. Rest is the most effective treatment for stress fractures.
Mohammed Shami or Deepak Chahar May Replace Bumrah in T20 World Cup – Report
According to reports, either Deepak Chahar or Mohammed Shami might replace Bumrah in the main squad. Both were selected by the BCCI as standby players for the prestigious event.
The fast bowler, who is 28 years old, is the second senior star player to be ruled out, following Ravindra Jadeja, who is currently recovering from knee surgery.
Mohammed Siraj Could Replace Jasprit Bumrah In South Africa T20 Series
According to reports, after Bumrah’s stress fracture, Mohammed Siraj could replace Jasprit Bumrah in the T20I series against South Africa.
After returning from a two-month injury layoff, Bumrah played two Twenty20 Internationals against Australia before breaking down again. The Indian team’s physios and medical staff have informed the BCCI that he cannot be considered for the next remaining two matches of the South Africa series.
According to Cricbuzz, Mohammed Siraj, who has experience bowling in big matches, may be considered for the South Africa series. Siraj is currently playing for Warwickshire in the English County Championship.