In a major blow to the Indian team, the leading pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022 due to a back stress fracture. The Board of Control for Cricket in India informed about Bumrah’s condition a few minutes before the toss took place at the 1st T20I between India and South Africa. The 28-year-old pacer has missed the Asia Cup 2022 due to his back issue. He made a comeback to the T20I team in the Australia series. But registered his worst performance in the 3rd T20I by giving away 50 runs in 4 overs.
The news of Bumrah’s exclusion from the T20 World Cup 2022 will be a big concern for the team which now needs a death bowling expert to replace him. Jasprit Bumrah is the second senior player to be ruled out of the T20 World Cup. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is also out of the ICC mega event as he is recovering from a knee injury.
The selectors will have a hard time choosing Bumrah’s replacement as his void will be difficult to fill which is why he is considered as one of the top T20I bowlers. Mohammad Shami will be considered for the experience he brings with him. But he hasn’t played a T20I since the last T20 World Cup in November 2021. Among the other options, Deepak Chahar and Umesh Yadav are the current contenders as both of them are getting opportunities.
Umesh Yadav was picked for one match against Australia where he picked 2 wickets in 2 overs. He looked in great form in the IPL 2022 season, playing for Kolkata Knight Riders. Deepak Chahar has been picked for under-going India vs South Africa T20I series. He looks in good shape after coming back from an injury. A major plus point for Chahar is his ability to score a few crucial runs with the bat.