BCCI has rested star pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah for the ODI series against Australia with an intention to keep him fit and fresh for the all-important 50-over world cup. The team management has decided to rope in Mohammad Siraj as a replacement for the right-arm pacer.
The Indian pace bowler played a crucial role in India’s first Test series win in Australia.
He took 21 wickets and more importantly provided the breakthroughs when the team needed the most.
Bumrah featured in all four Tests for India along with Mohammad Shami while Ishant Sharma played in the first three Tests.
Bumrah bowled 157 overs during the four Tests and claimed 21 wickets at an average of 17 while Shami sent 136 overs.
In a statement released on 8th January, BCCI said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to rest India pacer Jasprit Bumrah for the forthcoming ODI series against Australia and the tour in New Zealand.
According to BCCI, keeping in mind the work load of the bowler, it was best felt to give him adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia. Mohammed Siraj will replace Bumrah in the squad for the Australia and New Zealand tour.
India have also added Siddharth Kaul in the Indian squad for the series against New Zealand.
After winning the four match Test series against Australia, Team India will now play three ODIs against Australia and will then fly to New Zealand for five ODIs and three T20Is.
After this, Australia are scheduled to tour India in Februray for five ODIs and 2 T20Is.