India faced a big setback after Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the three match test series against South Africa after suffering from a stress fracture on lower back. However, there is no good news to follow as he was expected to return for the series against Bangladesh but it is unlikely that he will be picked.
The 25-year-old pacer is currently undergoing rehabilitation and visits to National Cricket Academy (NCA). The medical team is having a close look on him.
“His rehabilitation is going along expected lines. Stress fractures are complicated to deal with, but since it was spotted on time and Bumrah got adequate rest, there is nothing serious. The Bangladesh Tests are still a month away and he will be fit by then,” sources were quoted as saying in The News Indian Express.
The team management does not want to risk playing Bumrah until he is fully fit. “But there are important assignments next year. The idea is to make it smooth for Bumrah. When he is back, he should be at his absolute best,” the source added.The reports added that he will miss the series against Bangladesh and West Indies. He is also unlikely for Sri Lanka series that starts in the early part of January next year. However, he is expected to be back for the three-match ODI series against Australia, scheduled to get underway on January 14.
Bumrah needs to be given ample time to be fully fit as he will be asset for the Indian team in the upcoming T20 World Cup that is scheduled to take place in October in 2020. Meanwhile, Umesh Yadav has replaced Bumrah in the ongoing three match test series against South Africa and the Vidarbha pacer has impressed one and all with his strong performance in the second test in Pune.