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Bumrah out of SA Tests with stress fracture in back, Umesh called 

Chandigarh, September 24

Jasprit Bumrah, India’s top pace bowler across formats for the last two years, has been ruled out of the three-Test series against South Africa due to a stress fracture in his lower back.

Bumrah has been replaced in the Indian squad by paceman Umesh Yadav. The Test series against South Africa begins in Visakhapatnam on October 2.

The injury could force Bumrah out of next month’s T20I and Test series against Bangladesh as well. Since making his Test debut against South Africa in January 2018, Bumrah has picked up 62 wickets in 12 Tests at an average of 19.24. He is yet to play a Test series in India, but he did very well on the tours of South Africa, England, Australia and the West Indies over the last 21 months.

Bumrah’s injury is a big setback to India and a warning sign as well, because it raises questions asked about managing his workload in the light of his slingy, unconventional bowling action. Bumrah has bowled a staggering 724.3 overs in international cricket since January 1, 2018.

“The injury was detected during a routine radiological screening. He will now undergo rehabilitation at NCA and will be monitored by the BCCI Medical Team. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Umesh Yadav as Bumrah’s replacement,” the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said in a media statement. 

Bangla doubts

A BCCI official said that Bumrah could also miss the home series against Bangladesh — three T20Is and two Tests, to be played from November 3 to 26.

“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 said. “The good thing is that the detection happened at the preliminary stage and that’s why it won’t take more than two months to heal. Otherwise, a stress fracture takes pretty long to heal,” he added.

Test star

After being initially bracketed as a white-ball specialist, Bumrah has done exceptionally well in the longest format of the sport. In the Test series against West Indies, in August-September, Bumrah was India’s most successful bowler with 13 wickets in two Tests. Bumrah had become the quickest Indian pacer to reach the 50-wicket mark in Test cricket during the course the series win over West Indies. He got to 50 Test wickets in 11 matches, improving on the record of Venkatesh Prasad and Mohammed Shami, who took 13 matches each to touch the mark.

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