In a potentially significant blow to India, Jasprit Bumrah will be missing the home Test series against South Africa because of a minor stress fracture in the lower back. As a result of the injury, Umesh Yadav will be coming in as his replacement.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) disclosed in a statement that the injury was detected during a “routine radiological screening”. As a result, Bumrah will now be undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and will be monitored by the BCCI Medical Team.
However, the injury also means that Bumrah’s wait to play his first Test at home will be delayed. He has been India’s pace spearhead in recent times, having picked 62 wickets in 12 Tests, all of them away from home.
The bowler has been in red-hot form, having scalped 13 wickets in two-match Test series in West Indies. More importantly, it included 2 five-wicket hauls capped by a hat-trick.
Bumrah was given rest for the recently concluded T20I series against South Africa, which was shared by both teams 1-1. Moreover, the pacer was also kept on the sidelines from the limited-overs the West Indies tour leg following the ICC 2019 World Cup.
Nonetheless, it’ll be a well-deserved recall for Umesh. The Vidarbha pacer has been a constant presence in home Tests since the last three years. Moreover, the bowler even picked ten wickets in the last Test at home, which was against West Indies in October ‘18.
However, Yadav was outnumbered as a result of India’s abundance in the pace department meaning he could only play one Test in Australia. He was not selected in the XI for the two matches against West Indies as well.
The first Test will begin on October 2 in Visakhapatnam followed by the series in Pune and Ranchi.