In a big setback for India ahead of their three-match home series against South Africa, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the series owing minor stress fracture in his lower back.
Umesh Yadav has been named as his replacement
“The injury was detected during a routine radiological screening. He will now undergo rehabilitation at NCA and will be monitored by the BCCI Medical Team,” a BCCI release stated.
Bumrah has been India’s stand out performer scalping 62 wickets in just 12 Tests he has played so far. The 25-year-old also took 13 wickets during India’s tour of the West Indies, including a hat-trick.
For Yadav, this will be a chance to impress the selectors after not being picked initially for the home series and having last played a Test in 2018 at Perth against Australia.
India will play the first Test in Visakhapatnam from October 2 followed by the second Test in Pune from October 10. The third Test will be played in Ranchi from October 19.
Fast bowler Umesh Yadav last featured for India in Tests way back in December 2018 in the 2nd Test against Australia and was part of India A for the 2nd unofficial Test against South Africa A in Mysuru, where he went wicketless.
India’s updated squad for South Africa Tests: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (Wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill