With only a few weeks till the T20 World Cup in Australia, Team India suffered a major setback when star pacer Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the competition after complaining of back problems.

Bumrah missed the opening T20 match against South Africa on Wednesday and, the following day, flew to Bengaluru’s National Cricket Academy to have his back problem assessed.

According to what we’ve been told, his injury isn’t looking good right now, and it appears he won’t be going to Australia with the Indian team. A thorough report from the medical staff is forthcoming,”

It’s not yet known if Bumrah will have surgery, even though he missed the Asia Cup in the UAE last month because of a back ailment.

He was cleared to play in the home T20 series against Australia this month, and he participated in the second and third games in Nagpur and Hyderabad. His bowling statistics in Nagpur and Hyderabad were 1/23 in 2 overs and 0/50 in 4 overs, respectively.

Indian end-of-game bowling in T20s has come under fire recently. In the World Cup, which will be held from October 16 to November 13, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, and Arshdeep Singh have all given up runs, and Bumrah was anticipated to be the team’s leader. At the MCG on October 23, India will play its opening game against Pakistan.

Bumrah has eight wickets at an economy rate of 8.08 and an average of 22.75 in the six T20 internationals he has participated in Australia. In Australia, he made his T20 debut in January 2016.

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The selection committee will have to choose among Mohammad Shami or Deepak Chahar, who has been added as stand-by players for the T20 World Cup if Bumrah is fully ruled out of the competition.

Shami and Chahar both perform admirably in the Powerplay, but they aren’t known for their bowling in the latter innings.

Because of Covid, Shami had to miss the series against Australia and South Africa. He hasn’t played in a T20I for India since their World Cup encounter against Afghanistan last year. However, he had taken 20 wickets in the IPL 2022, the highest for the Gujarat Titans, who won the tournament.

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