The BCCI announced on Monday that Jasprit Bumrah will not be a part of the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka, despite being included in the squad a week ago. It was believed that Indian fast bowling ace was declared fit by the NCA and hence, the apex cricketing authority of India wanted to incorporate him into the Indian squad.
BCCI highlighted that Bumrah will need some time to build bowling resilience and that was the solitary cause that he was barred from getting back into action. However, Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma issued a statement citing that the premium fast bowler felt some stiffness while bowling in the nets and thereby a call had to be taken.
In a press-conference ahead of India’s opening ODI in Guwahati, Rohit said, “It is a very unfortunate incident with him. Poor guy has been working hard at the NCA all this time. Just when he got back to full fitness – he had started bowling and everything – it happened in the last two days. He felt a little bit of stiffness in his back. It is nothing major, just a stiffness and when Bumrah says anything, we have to be very cautious about it. That is what we did. I thought it was important for us to make the decision then to just pull him out.”
He further added, “When we named him, he was in the process of getting his workloads up. He was bowling in the nets. Just felt a little bit of stiffness in the back so we pulled him out. We need to be very careful with him. He had a major injury before the World Cup so we just need to be careful.”
He also shed some light on the rotation of the players, adding, “Firstly, it is not possible to play back-to-back matches. You need to give them (all format players) enough break. I definitely fall in that as well. We have three T20Is against New Zealand. We will see what happens after IPL. I have not decided to give up the format.”