Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav replaces pacer Jasprit Bumrah in the team's upcoming Test series against South Africa. The news comes after Jasprit Bumrah met with a minor stress fracture in his lower back.
Team India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has sustained a minor stress fracture in his lower back and has been ruled out of the upcoming PayTm Freedom Series for Gandhi-Mandela Trophy against South Africa," BCCI said in a statement.
Bumrah's absence in the squad will hurt the Indian team as he is main pace weapon of the team. In just 12 Test match appearance he has scalped 62 wickets. Moreover, the 25-year-old took 13 wickets in the recently concluded India's tour of the West Indies including a hat-trick.
"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," according to the officials.
On the other hand, it is a good opportunity for Umesh Yadav to come into the eyes of Indian selectors. In the last one and a half year, Yadav has failed to deliver his best performance so, now is the time for him to show that.
The first Test match of the series will be played in Visakhapatnam from October 2 followed by the second one taking place in Pune from October 10. The third and final game will be played in Ranchi from October 19.
India's squad for the 3 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