Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah is out of the national reckoning after he caught up with a lower back stress fracture. The Gujarat pacer missed out from the team in the Bangladesh series and will also miss the Windies limited overs series. The pacer will next miss the limited overs series against Sri Lanka in January and will return to action for the New Zealand tour.
India’s tour of New Zealand starts on January 24 and will end with the second Test starting February 29 that will go on till 4th March. Indian selector MSK Prasad confirmed that Bumrah won’t be available for the next one month but was confident that the Kiwi tour will mark his return to the cricket field.
“He (Bumrah) is gradually getting back to full fitness, though we need to hear from the people working on his recovery. His return cannot be before next month as we are still waiting for a report on him. But of course, he is expected to be back for the New Zealand series,” Prasad was quoted as saying in The Telegraph.
A resurgent Umesh Yadav was named as the replacement for Jasprit Bumrah in the Proteas series and the Vidarbha pacer rose to the occasion. He was instrumental in India’s dominant win in the pink ball test against Bangladesh, where he picked 9 wickets to help India register a win by an innings and 46 runs.
Prasad hailed Indian pace trio which can be termed as the best in the world in the current time. “I think this is one of the all-time best seam attacks in the history of Indian cricket,” Prasad added.
Indian team will next face West Indies in a three match ODI and T20 series at home. The first match of the series starts 6th December at Rajiv Gandhi stadium in Hyderabad.