Team India and their supporters have been frustrated by the absence of star bowler Jasprit Bumrah. Due to a back issue, the pacer, 29, has been out since September 2022. Bumrah may miss IPL 2023 because he may need back surgery to properly heal from the injury, according to the sources. His availability must now be questioned if India wants to go to the World Test Championship (WTC) final in June. Former Indian all-rounder Madan Lal advised the team management to replace Bumrah with Umesh Yadav as the Rohit Sharma-led team is poised to qualify for a major competition.
Umesh will be taken [to the WTC final]. There, you need at least three pacers because the other bowlers will all be fast bowlers and just one spinner may play. bhool jao bumrah ko. (Ignore Bumrah.) Usko chhor dijiye aap. Remove him from consideration). Then we shall see, when Bumrah returns. Make use of what you have. What is the promise made? It makes sense that he will return in 1 to 1.5 years. He hasn’t performed in a while. It indicates that his injury is really serious, according to Madan Lal on Sports Tak.
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He added “At most, an injury takes three months to heal, and he hasn’t played since September. Even Hardik Pandya, who underwent back surgery, was able to play again in four months, and Bumrah hasn’t played in six. How therefore can you anticipate that this Bumrah will be the same as others we have seen thus far? He’ll need some time. You must give him time if you want to witness the same Bumrah.”
Coming on WTC Final, in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Australia has qualified for the final after defeating India in the third Test. To qualify for the WTC final, Team India must now win the fourth Test.