I am aiming for a comeback that’s stronger than the setback: Jasprit Bumrah thanks fans for wishes

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Author 2019-09-25 16:00:48

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Indian cricket team suffered a big blow ahead of the Test series against South Africa as Jasprit Bumrah, who has been the lynchpin of India’s bowling attack lately, was ruled out of the series with a stress fracture in his lower back. The development came just when Bumrah, who has played 12 Tests so far (all on foreign soil), was about to make his Test debut at home. Soon after the news was confirmed, wishes poured in from all corners as fans wished a speedy recovery to the paceman.

Bumrah took to social media to respond to the support and said he will make a stronger comeback. “Injuries are part & parcel of the sport. Thank you for all your recovery wishes. My head is held high & I am aiming for a comeback that’s stronger than the setback,” the pacer tweeted. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has named Umesh Yadav as Bumrah's replacement for the upcoming series.

A BCCI official also informed that Bumrah could be missing the series against Bangladesh as well. "Jasprit is out for a period of seven to eight weeks minimum. This effectively rules him out of the World Championship games against Bangladesh also. He is out till the end of November. That's how his medical bulletin is at the moment," the official was quoted as saying on conditions of anonymity by PTI.

To ensure that Bumrah was fit for Tests, the BCCI had rested him from the recently concluded T20I series against South Africa which ended in a 1-1 result. In his last assignment in Tests, which was against the West Indies, Bumrah was one of the major weapons for Virat Kohli & Co. as he claimed 13 wickets. During the series, Bumrah also became the fastest Indian pacer to reach 50 Test wickets. While Bumrah achieved the feat in 11 Tests, he left behind Venkatesh Prasad and Mohammed Shami who had both completed 50 wickets in 13 matches.

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It remains to be seen whether Umesh, who last played a Test for India in December 2018, can make the best of the opportunity that has come his way. While the 1st Test will be played in Visakhapatnam, the remaining two Tests of the series are scheduled to be held in Pune (October 10 to 14) and Ranchi (October 19 to 23).

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