Indian lead pacer Jasprit Bumrah may feature in the 1st Test against England, however one says that with a tinge of uncertainty.
Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the England ODI, T20I series due to a fractured finger. At that time, most of us felt that when Bumrah was hit on his hand in the last over of the first T20I between India and Ireland, it was just a minor injury that would take care of itself in the next couple of days.
However the pacer did not know what was in store for him. After the results of the scan came out, it was a great setback for India as their strike bowler was ruled out of the upcoming T20I and ODI series against England.
A BCCI official recently said, “It is a displaced fracture on the left-hand thumb. From what I know, the operation wasn’t a great success. I guess technically he is out for 3-4 weeks but being a bowler and injury in his non-bowling hand, the team management might gamble if there is an emergency or they can make him to play with the bandages.
“In my opinion, fitness tests should be mandatory but the word Tests means a number of tests. There should be a series of tests conducted with test different parameters. Since all the players are flown specially to Bangalore for the test, I’m sure there is enough time to conduct multiple tests and assess the player completely and not only on endurance.”
With Bhuvneshwar Kumar already doubtful for the first Test, it would be great boost for India if Bumrah can somehow be accommodated in the playing XI.
The first Test of the five-match Test series begins from the 1st of August.