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‘There is no like for like replacement for him in this world’ -Twitter goes bonkers as Jasprit Bumrah is ruled out of 20-20 World Cup 2022

Jasprit Bumrah was also ruled out of 20-20 series against South Africa.
Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah -Source (Twitter)

Jasprit Bumrah has been officially ruled out of the 20-20 World Cup 2022 which is scheduled to take place in Australia due to back stress fracture. The Indian Cricket Board has said that they had decided on this after a detailed assessment had taken place followed by consultations with the doctors and medical experts.

India were already dealing a major blow with the absence of Ravindra Jadeja who was ruled out of the 20-20 World Cup due to a knee injury. Now, with Bumrah being ruled out as well, it throws a spanner in the works with regard to India’s bowling plans.

Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the first T20I when India played against South Africa in Thiruvanthapuram after he complained of back pain. He was subsequently ruled out of the remaining T20Is of the series and Mohammed Siraj was named as his replacement. He had not played competitive cricket for two months since he was ruled out due to a back spasm after the England tour finished in July which was the last ODI he had played.

Bumrah had suffered a back injury in 2019, but back then even though there was no requirement for surgery, he had to ensure that he takes a long break from international cricket due to injury. This has put the Indian Cricket Board in a conundrum to find a replacement in the World Cup squad, and Mohammad Shami seems to be the immediate answer. But then again, it will not be that easy because Shami has not played much cricket recently and the selectors and management will want him to prove his fitness by playing a game which seems impossible at this point. Also, Shami just recovered from Covid-19, which could be another factor.

India’s death bowling has looked pear-shaped with the absence of Bumrah as the other bowlers have leaked a lot of runs at the death. And now the selectors and management have to look at people who can fill the big shoes of Bumrah come the 20-20 World Cup 2022.

Twitter was abuzz, let us take a look at the reactions here:

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