India’s No. 1 fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah is now out of South Africa Test series due to minor stress fracture in his lower back. The series was supposed to commence in Visakhapatnam on October 2 and before that it is a great blow to Indian Bowling attack as their main bowler, Jasprit Bumrah is now out of the series. It was announced in the press release by BCCI as the injury came to light through a routine radiological screening.
Umesh Yadav is likely to replace Jasprit Bumrah in India’s test squad. India has enjoyed a lethal combination of fast bowling up late in shape of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Muhammad Shami. The combination has worked really well for them in recent matches and that is the reason Umesh Yadav couldn’t feature in the team since the start of 2018. Yadav has played only five test matches since 2018 with a career best performance of 10 for 133 against West Indies in Hyderabad.
BREAKING: Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against South Africa due to a minor stress fracture in his lower back ; Umesh Yadav replaces him in the squad #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/1u2jw86nDz
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 24, 2019
Bumrah has picked 62 wickets in his 12 test matches since his Test debut in January 2018. Given the injury it has been a significant blow to the Indian team as Bumrah has been the spearhead for Indian attack. His average is remarkable and has been able to take five-wicket hauls in each of last four Test series played against South Africa, England, Australia and the West Indies. The series against South Africa was to be his first series at home.
It has happened for the second time that Jasprit Bumrah had to miss Tests due to injury. Earlier he picked a thumb injury during a T20I against Ireland in Malahide and that forced him to miss the first half of India’s tour of England last year, including the first two Tests. The stress fracture, though, will worry India a little more since it was not sustained on the field of play.
Though India has been mindful of Bumrah’s workload and rested him during limited-overs legs of their tours of Australia, New Zealand and the West Indies earlier this year.
Some, though, believe it will help Bumrah’s fitness to play as much cricket as possible.
Former India quick Zaheer Khan thinks and explains what the best way to preserve Bumrah would be:
“Bumrah should play as many games as possible, I always endorse that,”. “More matches you play, more experience you get. That bowling rhythm and fitness is very important. You have to strike that right balance.
“The way Bumrah has evolved in such a short span of time has been remarkable. He is a thinking bowler. You can achieve such success, when you keep improving, keep thinking, keep upgrading.”