NEW DELHI: India’s T20 World Cup hopes suffered a giant blow on Wednesday with tempo bowler Jasprit Bumrah‘s again harm resurfacing in a giant means, which is prone to power him to skip the marquee occasion in Australia in October. Indian cricket board (BCCI) sources informed TOI that Bumrah had been launched from the group which is at the moment enjoying towards South Africa in a T20I collection.
That is the second harm setback for India forward of the World Cup following Ravindra Jadeja‘s knee harm.
“As of now, he has been dominated out of the continuing collection. He has gone to the Nationwide Cricket Academy (in Bengaluru) for rehab. The group administration desires a correct evaluation of his harm to see if he could be match for the World Cup. However the harm seems unhealthy. It’s suspected he’s affected by a stress fracture. It might be an extended restoration,” BCCI sources mentioned.
Whereas the group administration remains to be hopeful, Bumrah’s possibilities of making it to the World Cup seem distant. India play their first World Cup match towards Pakistan in Melbourne on October 23. TOI had reported on September 9 that BCCI was involved about Bumrah’s health regardless of the bowler having skipped the Asia Cup because of the identical harm.
Bumrah, it’s understood, was picked for the T20 World Cup and the 2 T20I collection regardless of not attaining full health. The thought behind choosing Bumrah was to progressively get him prepared for the World Cup by enjoying him within the two collection at residence towards Australia and South Africa.
With Bumrah’s historical past of again harm, it was at all times going to be contact and go. That is the third time the pacer has been sidelined with a again harm in his profession.
“This has been a persistent drawback with Bumrah. That is extra of a case of aggravating an harm. When he was picked for the 2 collection at residence, it was understood he is not going to be rushed again into enjoying worldwide video games,” the supply mentioned.
Bumrah was rested for the primary T20I towards Australia in Mohali. He bowled simply six overs upon his return to worldwide cricket since final enjoying in England in July. Hardik Pandya too had claimed after the primary T20I that Bumrah could not be rushed again in worldwide matches.
The larger concern in the intervening time is a possible lengthy layoff for Bumrah. The selectors and group administration have to remember that India are vulnerably positioned within the race for a spot within the World Take a look at Championship (WTC) last. The recurring again harm might additionally put his Take a look at profession in jeopardy. India are scheduled to play one other six Exams on this WTC cycle, with Australia touring India for a four-Take a look at collection in Feb-March subsequent yr.
What worries the board is that Bumrah has performed simply 5 Exams, 5 ODIs and 5 T20Is this yr, in addition to 14 video games for Mumbai Indians within the IPL. It’s understood there have been discussions round Bumrah getting handled within the USA. It seems like he’s prone to attain full health earlier than the subsequent yr’s IPL if issues do not worsen from right here.
Whether or not Bumrah is out of the World Cup or not, it’s clear that India’s tempo spearhead is down once more with a hurting again. The quick bowler had simply made a comeback from an harm and the breakdown raises questions on correct harm administration. Accidents can’t be predicted. However on the identical time, the BCCI ought to make a sustained effort to make sure that India’s prime gamers are match for main tournaments – and that does not embody IPL.
Alternative between Shami and Chahar?
Mohammed Shami and Deepak Chahar are the standbys. Shami has not been most popular within the T20 format however presents expertise. Chahar has been earmarked as a like-for-like backup for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. His batting prowess additionally works in his favour. Both of Avesh Khan or Mohammed Siraj might additionally make it to the standbys.