NEW DELHI: India’s premier paceman Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against South Africa with a stress fracture in his lower back, the Indian cricket board said on Tuesday.
Seasoned pacer Umesh Yadav will replace Bumrah, who tops the bowling chart in one-day rankings and is placed third in Tests, in the 15-man squad for the three five-day matches starting October 2 in Visakhapatnam.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India said “the injury was detected during a routine radiological screening”.
“He will now undergo rehabilitation at NCA (National Cricket Academy) and will be monitored by the BCCI medical team.”
Bumrah, 25, who has an unorthodox sling-arm action, has claimed 62 wickets in 12 Tests and recently claimed just the third hat-trick by an Indian in the longest format against the West Indies.
Known for bowling near-perfect yorkers in the death overs, he was India’s strike bowler in the recent 50-over World Cup in England, taking 18 wickets from nine matches.
But the quick was not part of the recently concluded three-match Twenty20 series against the visiting South African side who won the final game to draw the series 1-1. The first match was washed out.