Jasprit Bumrah to miss India’s ODI series against Sri Lanka

Bumrah has been out of action since September last year because of a stress reaction in his back and has been rehabilitating at the BCCI’s National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. His addition to the ODI squad came after he had amped up his training and bowling routines in the last week of 2022.

“The pacer has undergone rehabilitation and has been declared fit by the NCA,” the BCCI had said in a statement announcing Bumrah’s return. “He will be joining the Team India ODI squad soon.”

Bumrah, however, did not travel with the Indian team to Guwahati, the venue for the first ODI against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

When India’s squads for the T20I and ODI series against Sri Lanka were announced on December 27, ESPNcricinfo had reported that Bumrah was fit, but the selectors were being cautious about rushing him back because of the way his back injury had resurfaced during the home T20Is against Australia last year. Bumrah was subsequently ruled out of the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia, where India lost to England in the semi-finals.

It remains to be seen whether India pick Bumrah for the ODI series against New Zealand which begins on January 18.

India play three ODIs against Sri Lanka on January 10, 12 and 15. Bumrah’s absence leaves the pace attack comprising Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik, in addition to seam-bowling allrounder Hardik Pandya.

India’s squad for Sri Lanka ODIs: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya (vice-capt), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh.

(With Inputs from ESPN)

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