In what has been a massive development, reports have emerged that Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah might not make it to the T20 World Cup due to a due to stress fracture on his back.
The Mumbai Indians bowler was earlier forced to skip the 2022 Asia Cup with a back injury as well. He had made his return to the Indian team in the T20I series against Australia earlier this month and played in the 2nd and 3rd games of the series.
Did Jasprit Bumrah or the management mismanage the injury?
India captain Rohit Sharma confirmed Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the IND vs SA 1st T2oI after a niggle. A BCCI statement then revealed that India’s premier fast bowler complained of back pain during India’s practice session on Tuesday. The BCCI Medical Team assessed him and he was ruled out for the game in Thiruvananthapuram.
Fans were massively disappointed with the news and many even blamed the lack of rest due to Bumrah’s stint with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL as one of the many reasons. Fans on Twitter can be seen saying:
“Make sure he is fit to play in IPL… India Windia k loye khelke kya karega who” (Make sure he is fit to play in IPL… what is the purpose of playing for India)
“Ipl me to 14 match me kbhi unfit nahi hota. (He is never unfit to play the 14 matches.) It’s high time bcci should not allow fast bowlers to play more than 7 matches in ipl”
“All injuries r courtesy of excess cricket due to ipl. BCCI r to be blamed for prioritising money involved in ipl over international cricket n so r players getting lured by money over country”
While some are putting the blame on the NCA – National Cricket Association – to be responsible for the prolonged injury.
Team India’s options for T20 World Cup
The 28-year-old fast bowler was named among a four-man pace bowling attack for the T20 World Cup in Australia, which featured Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, and Harshal Patel.