Jasprit Bumrah’s serious back stress fracture injury ruled him out of the T20 World Cup. He does not require any surgery but the Indian pacer has been advised to rest for four to six months.
Bumrah ruled out of T20 World Cup : Back Stress Fracture Injury
Due to a back stress fracture on Thursday India’s pace frontline bowler Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the T20 World Cup, dealing a huge blow to the team’s chances at the ICC mega-event of T20 World Cup which is starting next month in Australia, In his last T20I on September 25, the third and final match against Australia, he had conceded 50 off four overs – his worst T20I figures.
A BCCI official said that India’s frontline pacer would be forced out of action for a period of nearly four to six months due to a back stress fracture injury.
Boom! Boom! Bumrah, who played the second and third T20 against the Aussies, was ruled out of the first T20I against the Proteas in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday after he complained of back pain right before the match.
Bowling has been a big upset for India in T20I cricket recently and Bumrah’s back stress fracture injury has only compounded the misery and woes for skipper Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid and also broke the heart of millions of Indian fans.
Since India is among the teams that have qualified for the Super 12 stage of the World Cup, it can make changes to its squad till October 15.
Bumrah’s back stress injury could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Deepak or Shami
It is acknowledged that the right-arm swing sensation Deepak Chahar or right-arm quick bowler Mohammed Shami could replace Bumrah in the main squad. Deepak and Shami were stand-by players for the T20 World Cup. but now they may get a chance to get selected for the final 15 members squad. However, Shami was not a part of the T20Is against Australia and South Africa as he did not recover from Covid-19 in time.
As bumrah is injured due to his back stress fracture , it may open the doors for Siraj
Another name that is doing the rounds is Mohammed Siraj, who is currently playing County for Warwickshire. Siraj hasn’t played any T20I yet but he has played 69 IPL matches in which he managed to take 59 wickets with an economy of 8.77 runs per over and an average of 33.
Due to back stress fracture, bumrah is now the second key player to be ruled out ahead of T20 WC
The 28-year-old frontline pace attacker is now the second-star player to be ruled out of the T20 World Cup after the sensational all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who is recovering from his knee surgery.
Losing Bumrah and spin sensation sir Jadeja will be huge for India. We didn’t expect that things will pan out as they have. He was rested for the Asia Cup particularly to manage his workload. But now it remains a question if he was even fit enough to play the Australia series,” the senior Indian Team official said. Many senior players have been given sufficient rest in the past few series, keeping in mind their workload and hectic past schedule.
The more exciting thing is the fact that this year Jasprit Bumrah has played only five Tests, five ODIs, and as many T20Is so far in 2022 apart from all 14 games for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2022 which was held between Mar 2022-May 2022. “That’s not enough of cricket, considering that he was rested for the marquee event of Asia Cup, the West Indies tour and later on also for some of the bilateral cricket played in India. That’s a lot of rest.
Counted among one of the prime pacers in modern-day cricket, Bumrah has played 60 T20 Internationals for India so far in which he managed to take 70 wickets, which makes him the second-highest wicket-taking fast bowler for India in the format.
Slog overs stats of Jasprit Bumrah in T20 Internationals
Things that make Bumrah special, though, are his ability to keep his nerve, his calmness, and consistency in the tough situation of slog overs where the odds are stacked against the bowler. In the last five overs in T20I Bumrah has taken 20 wickets, which is 60% of his total haul, at an average of 12 and an economy rate of less than seven. Among the bowlers who have bowled at least 12 overs at the death (16th to 20th overs) since January 2016.
“As of now he is at the NCA and the rehab will be a long and arduous one. Yes, World T20 is important but he is still young and India’s biggest bowling asset. You can’t take a risk with him,” the official said.
Back stress fractures usually do not require surgery but take a lot of time to heal.
Bumrah, who has a slinging action, puts a lot of pressure on his back during loading. Former West Indies pace bowling excellent Michael Holding had assessed that Bumrah was always a candidate for back injuries.