Jasprit Bumrah out of T20 World Cup with back injury

India’s T20 World Cup campaign has suffered a huge setback with spearhead Jasprit Bumrah ruled out of the tournament with a back injury.

The first reports of the fast bowler’s injury emerged just before India’s T20I series against South Africa began on Wednesday. He was rushed from Thiruvananthapuram, the venue of the first match, to Bengaluru, where the National Cricket Academy is located, so that he could be assessed by the BCCI’s medical team.

Now “following a detailed assessment and in consultation with the specialists,” the board confirmed that Bumrah has been ruled out of the upcoming ICC event but did not expand on the exact nature of the problem.

ESPNcricinfo understands that Bumrah is suffering from a stress-related injury and that he might be out for about six weeks.

He had previously missed the Asia Cup in August and September with a back injury but was then picked for the subsequent home T20I series against Australia and South Africa. He played the second and third T20Is against Australia on September 23 and 25, returning figures of 1/23 and 0/50, before missing the first match against South Africa on September 28.

“Jasprit Bumrah complained of back pain during India’s practice session on Tuesday,” the BCCI said on Twitter after the toss of the first T20I against South Africa. “The BCCI Medical Team assessed him. He is ruled out of the first #INDvSA T20I.”

After the win against Australia in the second T20I in Nagpur, India captain Rohit Sharma had said it was good to see Bumrah bowling at “full throttle”.
India have two fast bowlers – Mohammed Shami and Deepak Chahar – in their reserves for the World Cup. Teams that have already qualified for the Super 12 round of the tournament – as India have – can make changes to their squad without ICC permission till October 15.
Bumrah is the second major player that India will miss at the tournament, after allrounder Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out by a knee injury.

India are in Group 2 in the Super 12 round, along with Pakistan, South Africa, Bangladesh, and two teams that progress from the qualifying round. The side led by Rohit Sharma is looking to make a strong comeback at this year’s event in Australia, after suffering a group-stage exit at the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE. India begin their campaign against Pakistan at the MCG on October 23.

India T20 World Cup squad: Rohit Sharma (capt), KL Rahul (vice-capt), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.

Reserve players: Mohammed Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.

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