According to BCCI sources, India’s premier fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup due to a back stress fracture.
Bumrah was forced to miss the first T20I of the series against South Africa on Wednesday because he “complained of back pain during India’s practice session.” The removal of Bumrah from the T20 World Cup is a significant blow to the Indian team, which is already without Ravindra Jadeja.
Bumrah had already been forced to withdraw from the 2022 Asia Cup due to a back problem. He returned to the Indian team earlier this month for the T20I series against Australia, appearing in the second and third games of the series.
The 28-year-old fast bowler was named in a four-man pace bowling attack that included Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, and Harshal Patel for the T20 World Cup in Australia.
With Bumrah apparently ruled out, India are set to select one of Mohammed Shami or Deepak Chahar, both of whom have been named as standbys for the showpiece tournament.
Earlier this month, Team India was dealt another blow when all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out of the T20 World Cup due to a knee injury. However, in his absence, Axar Patel delivered solid performances in India’s recent T20I matches against Australia and South Africa.