BCCI gives update on Jasprit Bumrah's injury ahead of South Africa series: Report
Indian premier fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah will fly to the United Kingdom in order to seek consultancy from specialists on his lower back stress fracture. The Indian fast bowler is set to miss the upcoming three-match home series against South Africa and will be travelling to the UK in the first week of October - a timeline in which India kickstart their home leg of the ongoing ICC World Test Championship in Visakhapatnam. Virat Kohli and Co. will host Faf Du Plessis-led South Africa in the first Test match, scheduled to take place at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.
India are eyeing an 11th consecutive series triumph in their own backyard and will start the three-match as clear favourites. With a major ICC event at stake, the home side is unfortunately without the services of their premier speed merchant who played a crucial role in whitewashing the West Indies. Kohli and Co, are arriving at the home leg of Test Championship after decimating the Windies in the Caribbean.
Pacer Bumrah, who pioneered India's impressive series triumph in the Caribbean is ruled out for the entire series after it was learned that the speed merchant has a stress fracture in his lower back. According to news agency IANS, the Indian team management is making sure that Bumrah gets the best treatment and is open to making his return ahead of India's next assignment against Bangladesh.
"Yes, he will be going to the UK in the first week of October and will be accompanied by Ashish Kaushik. They will look to get the best possible opinion in the matter. They will be checking with three doctors and the next plan of action will be decided after that," the functionary said.
Bumrah's injury got detected during a radiological screening. Indian pacer Umesh Yadav was named as Bumrah's replacement for the upcoming series with the Proteas. Bumrah has bagged 62 wickets in 12 Tests and is yet to make a feature in a home series. The 25-year-old scalped 13 dismissals in the last two Test matches he played for India.