Xtra Time Web Desk: In what comes as a huge relief for Indian team management, Jasprit Bumrah has no stress fracture. The pace spearhead of Indian team has sustained a back injury yet again and is advised 4-6 weeks rest. The BCCI medical hasn’t ruled him out of T20 World Cup. Most importantly, the back injury he has sustained won’t be needing any surgery. Hence, Bumrah can travel with the team to Australia and continue his rehab.
But the big question is the long flight to Perth can aggravate his back injury. BCCI top hierarchy in discussion with medical team will take a call whether Bumrah will travel with the squad to Australia on October 6 or will he travel at a later date when he feels a lot better. However, his fate in the World Cup will be decided later by October 15.
Bumrah was ruled out of the ongoing T20I series against South Africa after the re-emergence of his back injury. He was immediately taken off practice and sent to Bengaluru to undergo scans. While initially, it was believed that he is 100% out of the T20 World Cup, the reports are positive. He does not have a stress fracture and could be available in 4-6 weeks’ time. But for certain, he is set to miss the first few games of T20 World Cup without any miracle.
In case he fails to meet the desired standard of fitness by the middle of October, the team management will think of getting a replacement. Someone from the standbys – Mohammed Shami, Deepak Chahar, Umran Malik and Mohammed Siraj will replace Bumrah.
India will also carry Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami besides Umesh Yadav likely. In case, India needs to make changes to the squad if Bumrah is ruled out completely, a final call will be taken by October 15.