Rahul Dravid, Rohit Sharma hint at Shami becoming Bumrah's replacement for T20 World Cup
After the conclusion of the T20I series against South Africa, head coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma have subtly hinted at the possibility of senior pacer Mohammed Shami being promoted from one of the four travelling reserves to the main T20 World Cup squad as Bumrah's replacement.
With Bumrah sidelined, a pace-for-pace swap or naming a batting-heavy XI are India's best options
In a straight pace-for-pace swap, veteran quick Mohammad Shami and Deepak Chahar in the reserves and Mohammed Siraj as a third option outside the two could replace the 28-year-old Bumrah in the squad. With the kind of experience Shami has == he last played a T20I in 2021 at the T20 World Cup in the UAE -- experts believe India shouldn't look beyond the stalwart, though his career economy rate of 9.54 goes against him.
Injured Jasprit Bumrah ruled out of T20 World Cup
He is the second senior India player to miss out on the T20 World Cup with an injury after Ravindra Jadeja, who is recovering from knee surgery. The 28-year-old Bumrah had picked up a back injury earlier last month, which had ruled him out of the Asia Cup. He returned for the three-match T20I Series against Australia, which India won 2-1, and picked up a wicket in two matches.
There's no replacement in the world for Jasprit; Siraj is a likely option: Shane Watson
India head coach Rahul Dravid had said recently that the injured Bumrah is in the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and the team management is waiting for official confirmation on the next steps, adding that till the time the pacer is not officially ruled out of the T20 World Cup, they will always be hopeful.
'Fingers crossed': Bumrah not out of T20 World Cup yet, says Ganguly
The 28-year-old was rushed to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru from Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday to undergo scans on his back after being ruled out of the ongoing three-match T20I series against South Africa. It has been learnt that Bumrah went for scans and the assessment is underway at the NCA.
Jasprit Bumrah to be ruled out of T20 World Cup with back stress fracture: Report
Earlier, before the first T20I between India and South Africa at Thiruvananthapuram, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had said that Bumrah was ruled out of Wednesday's match after complaining of back pain during practice session on Tuesday. "Jasprit Bumrah complained of back pain during India's practice session on Tuesday.
Watch Video: Jasprit Bumrah takes career-best 6-19 as India thrash England by 10-wicket in 1st ODI
Bumrah took wickets of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Liam Livingstone, Brydon Carse, and David Willey. None of the English batsmen were able to withstand quality bowling by Indian fast bowlers. England were all-out for 110 runs and this was England's lowest total against India in ODI cricket. Mohammed Shami (3/31) and Prasidh Krishna (1/26) supported Bumrah.