IND vs SA: Mohammed Siraj to Replace Jasprit Bumrah for remainder of India vs South Africa T20I Series? Here’s the update

Updated on: Sep 30, 2022 11:54 am IST

  • The Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah is set to miss the ongoing South Africa series, as well as the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia due to an injury. To fill his place in the squad for the South Africa series, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may call Mohammed Siraj.

    Bumrah, reportedly, has suffered a stress fracture in the back. He played the last two T20Is in the Australia series; but the righty pacer did not feature in the recently concluded first game of the South Africa series. The Mumbai Indians pacer complained about a niggle in the back during the practice session and went on to miss the game. He had also missed the T20 Asia Cup 2022 earlier this month due to a few injury concerns in the back. Furthermore, if the reports are to be believed, it is a recurring back problem this time.

    Bumrah, 28, will now enroll in the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore, to aim for a speedy recovery. His medical team will examine the injury at the NCA and will further decide the way. According to some sources, Bumrah will not need the surgery but will need a period of four to six months to recover and come back completely.

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    Following the update regarding Bumrah’s availability, the BCCI and the Indian men’s cricket team’s management are considering Siraj, as the pacer’s replacement, for the South Africa series.

    Siraj is currently with Warwickshire, playing the County Championship in progress, for his club in England. Siraj has played five T20 Internationals for India picking up five wickets at an economy of 10.45.

    Moreover, Bumrah’s absence in the T20 World Cup starting on October 16, is a huge blow for the Indian side. The pacer has been the best part of the camp so far and if things go well, he may return after the first game of the tournament. However, in India’s T20 World Cup squad, Deepak Chahar and Mohammed Shami are the reserves. It is yet to be disclosed if the management is planning to replace Bumrah with Chahar or Shami.

    Chahar bowled exceptionally well in his last outing against South Africa on Wednesday (September 28). While Shami missed Australia and South Africa series due to COVID-19. Shami, anyway, has tested negative for COVID-19 now and will be available to represent the country.

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    IND vs SA: Schedule

    Besides, India will play the remaining couple of T20Is in Guwahati and Indore, on October 2 and October 4, respectively. Furthermore, the sides will play three One Day Internationals (ODIs) in Lucknow, Ranchi, and finally in Delhi, on October 6, 9, and 11, correspondingly.

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