Cricket news 2022: Jasprit Bumrah reportedly ruled out of T20 World Cup with back injury, India

India has been dealt a massive blow ahead of next month’s T20 World Cup in Australia, with superstar paceman Jasprit Bumrah reportedly set to miss the tournament after suffering a stress fracture in his lower back.

The 28-year-old, one of the most consistent bowlers across formats over the past five years, didn’t feature in Wednesday‘s first T20 against South Africa in Thiruvananthapuram after complaining about back soreness during a training session.

On Thursday evening, reports emerged that Bumrah could be sidelined for several months due to the injury, putting him in doubt for Australia’s Test tour of India in February next year.

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“Bumrah is not going to play the World T20 for sure. He has a serious back condition,” a BCCI official told PTI.

“It‘s a stress fracture and he could be out for a period of six months.“

The right-armed bowler missed last month’s Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates due to a back injury, but played two T20Is against Australia in India last week.

He was also sidelined for three months with a back stress fracture in 2019.

Mohammed Shami or Deepak Chahar, who were named as reserves for the T20 World Cup, are the leading candidates to replace Bumrah in India’s 15-player squad if required.

Nothing exemplified Bumrah’s worth in the game’s shortest format than the searing yorker that dismissed Australian white-ball captain Aaron Finch during the second T20 in Nagpur.

Finch applauded the rival quick after shattering his stumps.

“He’s probably the best bowler in T20s as far as I’m concerned,” Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood told reporters in Sydney on Friday morning.

“Seeing him go about his business in the IPL and international cricket, a couple of unbelievable yorkers throughout the last few games in India, his change of pace is phenomenal.

“They’re really going to miss him.”

India will also be without superstar all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who was ruled out of the T20 World Cup with a knee injury.

Bumrah has taken 70 wickets in 60 T20I matches since making his international debut in 2016, averaging 20.22 with the ball and leaking 6.62 runs per over.

No seam bowler has taken more men’s T20I wickets at a lower economy rate than Bumrah.

“Bumrah is a very important player,” Indian captain Rohit Sharma said before the three-match bilateral series against Australia, which the hosts won 2-1.

“The way he has performed over the last few years has been fantastic. He is an attacking bowler and if such a bowler isn’t a part of the team, it doesn’t go well for the team.”

India’s T20 World Cup campaign gets underway on October 23, facing rivals Pakistan at the MCG.

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