Mohammed Shami likely to replace Jasprit Bumrah in India’s T20 World Cup squad: report


New Delhi: In a major setback for team India, star sailor Jasprit Bumrah has been excluded from the T20 World Cup roster due to a back injury. The star pacer also missed the 2022 Asian Cup due to his back problem and made a comeback in the last two T20Is against Australia. In the coming days, BCCI is expected to officially announce a replacement for Bumrah in the Indian roster for the World Cup in Australia. Mohammed Shami, Deepak Chahar or Mohammed Siraj are the top names who could replace him in the Indian T20 WC 2022 squad.

According to a report in Times of India (TOI) names BCCI senior sailor Mohammed Shami, who has not played a single T20I since the last T20 World Cup, as the official replacement for the injured Jasprit Bumrah in the T20 World Cup squad. Shami would make his T20 comeback for the T20 series between India and Australia. However, the pacer tested positive for the coronavirus, which delayed its return.

It is also believed that the national selectors and team management wanted Shami to make sure to play at least one T20 match before the T20 World Cup in Australia. However, that doesn’t seem to be happening now as Ind vs SA 3rd T20I in Indore on Tuesday is India’s last T20 order before the World Cup T20 2022.

The report also suggests that young pacesetter Mohammad Siraj, who was signed up to the Indian team as Bumrah’s replacement for the T20 series against South Africa, will be taken on standby.

“The team management is clear about the like-for-like backups. Chahar has been identified as one for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Bhuvneshwar is still the first choice swing bowler. Shami was seen as a strike bowler to cover up for Bumrah. So, Shami is currently leading the way. Siraj is scheduled to travel with the team as a standby,” a BCCI source told TOI.



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