The speedster was initially ruled out of the ongoing T20I series against South Africa due to a back injury. After a thorough diagnosis at the NCA in Bangalore, the medical team discovered the severity of Bumrah's back injury, which will force him to remain sidelined.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) provided an official update on the matter with a statement that read:
"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. Bumrah, was initially ruled out from the ongoing Mastercard 3-match T20I series against South Africa due to a back injury.
The BCCI disclosed that they would announce Bumrah's replacement for the World Cup squad in the coming days. Deepak Chahar and Mohammed Shami, who are currently in the reserves, are the favorites to claim the vacant spot. The statement added:
"The BCCI will be naming a replacement for Jasprit Bumrah in the squad for the marquee tournament soon."
According to reports, Bumrah could be sidelined for four to six months. The bowling department, especially in death overs, has been the Achilles heel of Team India in the recent past.
It will be a massive blow for Rohit Sharma and Co. as they have to cope without the services of Bumrah, one of the premier bowlers of this generation.
Fans react after BCCI rules Jasprit Bumrah out of 2022 T20 World Cup
Fans took note of the disappointing news and then expressed their views on Twitter by sharing hilarious memes. They were concerned about Team India's bowling attack in Bumrah's absence at the upcoming World Cup.
Here are some of the best memes on the matter:
India will start their T20 World Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on October 23.
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