Shami likely to replace Bumrah in India's T20 World Cup squad
Pacer Mohammed Shami will most likely replace Jasprit Bumrah in India's squad for the T20 World Championship. Bumrah was ejected from the marquee due to a stress reaction which will take 4-6 weeks to fully recover.
Jasprit Bumrah, an Indian elite bowler, was officially disqualified from the 2018 ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Australia by the BCCI on Monday due to a back condition.
Team India was dealt a major blow when Pacer Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the T20 World Cup due to a stress reaction on his back, which will take him at least 4-6 weeks to fully recover. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed on Monday that Bumrah will miss the tournament.
India have already lost all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja to a knee injury, so Bumrah's absence is a major setback. Aside from 14 games with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, Bumrah has only played five games in each of the three leagues this year.
“The BCCI Medical Team has excluded fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah from Team India from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup roster. The decision was made after a detailed assessment and in consultation with the specialists," the BCCI said in a statement.
"The BCCI will shortly name a replacement for Jasprit Bumrah in the roster for the tent tournament," the statement added.
Team India are now in serious trouble due to the absence of Jasprit Bumrah from the T20 World Championship. The problem has worsened in crucial innings due to the dismal performance of current bowlers. India lacks experience, so Mohammed Shami fills this need. With Bumrah completely ruled out, he's the front runner.
Shami may be called upon to stay behind and later join the World Cup team if the reserves go after the SA-ODI series, although Team India is due to leave for Australia on October 6th.
On October 17th and 19th India will play two friendlies against Australia and New Zealand. On October 12, India will also play Western Australia in a warm-up game. The team management hopes that Shami will regain full fitness to play before then.
“Shami, who doesn't play any games before the T20 World Cup, is actually a problem. Hopefully he is fit and can play the warm-up exercises. We have time to make changes in the squad.
So it wouldn't be a problem. Once we get a report on Hooda we will have more clarity. The squad remains the same for now, including the reserve,” a senior BCCI official said.