Jasprit Bumrah replacement: The Indian fast bowler has been ruled out of the series after suffering a fracture in his lower back.
India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the three-match Test series against South Africa. The development was made public after BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) took to their Twitter handle minutes ago.
It is reported that Bumrah has suffered a minor stress fracture in his lower back and won’t be available for either of the three Tests. Bumrah’s absence will definitely come as a loss for the Indian team for he had become a permanent member across formats.
Having made his Test debut against South Africa in Cape Town last year, Bumrah has picked 62 wickets in 12 matches at an average of 19.24, an economy rate of 2.64 and a strike rate of 43.7. The 25-year old fast bowler has registered five five-wicket hauls in Test matches.
In what was expected to be his maiden Test series in India, it seems Bumrah will have to wait for at least the two-match series against Bangladesh in November.
Jasprit Bumrah replacement
Fast bowler Umesh Yadav has been named as Bumrah’s replacement for the Test series against South Africa. Yadav last played a Test for India during the tour of Australia last year. While he was in the squad for the tour of West Indies, he was subsequently dropped for the home Tests.
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In 41 Test matches, Yadav has dismissed 119 batsmen at an average of 33.47, an economy rate of 3.58 and a strike rate of 55.9 including a couple of five-wicket hauls.
Having picked his career-best match figures against West Indies in Hyderabad last year, Yadav has since only played a lone Test. The 31-year old fast bowler rightly deserved to be in the Test team.
India’s Test squad for South Africa series – Virat Kohli (c), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk),Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shubman Gill