Team India skipper Rohit Sharma has warned against rushing Jasprit Bumrah back to international cricket after his back injury. The pacer was selected for the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. However, he was ruled out of the series, after failing to recover from the injury. The lead bowler will also miss the first two Test matches of the Border Gavaskar Trophy in March.
Speaking after India’s win against New Zealand, Rohit Sharma expressed that he is unsure about Jasprit Bumrah’s comeback. He stated that rushing him back early may risk the bowler’s career. The Indian skipper said,
“About Bumrah, I’m not too sure at the moment, of course for the first two Test matches he’s not going to be available.”
“I’m expecting that; not expecting but hoping he plays the next two Test matches but again we don’t want to take any risk with him. The back injuries are always critical. We have got a lot of cricket coming up after that as well, we will see, and we will monitor. We are in constant touch with doctors and physios at NCA and we are constantly hearing from them,” he added.
India’s squad for the first two tests
The Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the squad for the first two Test matches, with Rohit Sharma as the skipper and KL Rahul as his deputy. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan received their maiden test call-up for the series. Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja will make his comeback to the Indian team post his injury.
India’s squad for the first two tests against Australia: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (vc), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Suryakumar Yadav