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- Sep 14, 2023
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:
India will be without their two of the most important players at the T20 World Cup – first Ravindra Jadeja and now Jasprit Bumrah. It's gonna be a huge challenge in Australia for India!
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 29, 2022
Persistent back problem. Now, it doesn't make sense to take a chance with a back issue.
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) October 3, 2022
No Jasprit Bumrah would mean #T20WorldCup2022 will go ahead without one of its main events & also another reminder of how despite all the developments in the field of strength & conditioning in cricket, stress fractures to the back still remain the fast bowler’s arch nemesis
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) September 29, 2022
Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer during T20 world cup pic.twitter.com/yq4EUIGAo8
— Savage (@arcomedys) September 29, 2022
The BCCI likely to name Jasprit Bumrah's replacement for the T20 World Cup within next few days.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 3, 2022
Jasprit Bumrah visits a doctor… pic.twitter.com/Bt19JcDjl9
— Dr Gill (@ikpsgill1) October 3, 2022
Mohammad Shami or Deepak Chahar set to replace Jasprit Bumrah in the T20 World Cup team. (Source – Revsportz)
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 3, 2022
These stats have been doing the rounds, but worth mentioning again. Jasprit Bumrah has played 59 IPL matches of 60 possible since 2019.
In that same time, India have played 71 T20i’s. Bumrah has played just 16.
— Nikesh Rughani (@NikeshRughani) October 3, 2022
Jasprit Bumrah in IPL 2023 Opening Ceremony pic.twitter.com/I931qC4b1J
— dixarth (@dixarth) October 3, 2022
There is no like for like replacement for Jasprit Bumrah in the world. That’s why he is the best and the only. So whoever replaces him will have a huge task at hand. And there’s no one who can bowl death like him. But Shami with all his experience is Indias best bet perhaps.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) October 4, 2022