As per the latest development, BCCI has officially confirmed, through a media release, that Jasprit Bumrah will miss the T20 World Cup courtesy of a back injury. BCCI further revealed that the decision was taken after making a detailed assessment of his injury and consultation with specialists.
BCCI has put an end to uncertainty over Jasprit Bumrah's availability in the T20 World Cup as they officially announced that the pacer will miss the tournament due to back issues. The pace spearhead was struggling with the same in recent times and sustained an injury which forced him to miss the South Africa series. With India's bowling already looking weak, Bumrah's absence will add to their worries considering the recent form of Harshal Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and head coach Rahul Dravid had earlier stated that Bumrah is still in the scheme of things. However, BCCI's recent media release has confirmed Bumrah's unavailability which will crush their hopes of the ace pacer providing breakthroughs for the team.
“The BCCI Medical team has ruled out Team India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup squad. The decision was taken following a detailed assessment and in consultation with the specialists,” the media release revealed.
Bumrah is the second crucial player after Ravindra Jadeja to miss the World Cup. One of Mohammed Shami or Deepak Chahar might be added to the squad as they are on the reserves list as of now. Chahar has been impressive against South Africa in the ongoing T20I series so far. He has picked two wickets so far in the series and has also bowled well in death overs. Shami has been out with Covid-19 and has missed the Australia and South Africa series but his experience might come in handy in the World Cup for the Indian side.
India will aim to win the T20 World Cup down under but they will have a stiff challenge to do it with two key players missing from the lineup.