Jasprit Bumrah to undergo surgery in Christchurch

Xtra Time Web Desk: Team India’s premier fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah will be undergoing surgery. The Mumbai Indians pacer will be flown to New Zealand for an operation of his back. He will take another 5-6 months for rehabilitation before he gets back on the field. BCCI and NCA medical staffs have decided to send Bumrah to Christchurch for the surgery.

Bumrah was earlier suggested to have a surgery but it was decided against. He was again rushed for the T20I series against Australia at home last year in September. He broke down again after playing just the first T20I at Nagpur. Due to which he had to miss the T20 World Cup in Australia.

As per reports Bumrah will be operated by noted surgeon Rowan Schouten, who had treated players like Jofra Archer and Shane Bond. The Christchurch-based surgeon is famous in sporting circles having assisted Graham Inglis who operated on New Zealand players in the past, particularly Shane Bond. He also assisted in the surgeries of Australian pacer James Pattinson. who struggled with back issues alongside Jofra Archer.

In the past, BCCI has opted to fly players to Europe for specialist treatment. KL Rahul had been to Germany to treat his troublesome groin. Hardik Pandya, who like Bumrah struggled with his back, was operated on in London.

As things stand, Bumrah is ruled out of upcoming IPL season and also for the World Test Championship final at the Oval in June (provided India seals the spot). He is also doubtful for the Asia Cup. The Indian cricket board is targeting his return to mainstream cricket from the 50 overs World Cup in India starting in October.