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In a massive blow to India, Jasprit Bumrah ruled out of T20 World Cup

India pacer Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

Ace India seamer Jasprit Bumrah, who just made a comeback to the national side in the recently concluded T20 international series against Australia at home, has been ruled out of the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia starting next month.

According to sources in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the 28-year-old seamer will not be part of the India side for the mega tournament because of a back-stress fracture.

It was learnt that Bumrah, who did not play the first T20 against South Africa in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday (28), would not require a surgery but will be out for a minimum of four to six months.

The BCCI had informed of the star bowler’s injury just minutes before the toss at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.

“Jasprit Bumrah complained of back pain in during India’s practice session on Tuesday. The BCCI Medical Team assessed him. He is ruled out of the first T20I,” the board said in a tweet.

One BCCI official told Press Trust of India on the condition of anonymity, “Bumrah is not going to play the World T20 for sure. He has a serious back condition. It’s a stress fracture and he could be out for a period of six months.”

Bumrah had missed the Asia Cup played in the UAE recently because of his back problem and was training at the National Cricket Academy. He returned to the side for the Australia T20s but looked pale in comparison to his usual self. However, his only wicket in the two games, which came in the form of Australia captain Aaron Finch in Nagpur, earned much accolade and even the Aussie batter appreciated the yorker that Bumrah produced to castle him.

India have the likes of Mohammed Shami and Deepak Chahar among the standby for the World Cup and one of them could be drafted into the main squad to replace Bumrah.

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