The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have decided to rest young fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah from the upcoming one-day international series against Australia and the limited-overs series against New Zealand. Meanwhile, Mohammad Siraj will join as the replacement in the ODI side while Siddarth Kaul will join in the T20Is.
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Jasprit Bumrah had an outstanding show in the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Test series against Australia. He returned with 21 scalps including a nine-wicket haul in the Boxing Day Test. His efforts in the series have earned many accolades from all over the world. Following India’ series win Virat Kohli made a special mention about India’s fast bowling group including Jasprit Bumrah.
“If your fast bowlers are happy and fighting as a team, you can win anywhere in the world and you have a chance to beat any side in the world anywhere,” he said. “In the past 12 months I would rate their contribution as far above all the batsmen that have contributed this season,” he added.
However, with the ICC World Cup in England and Wales in view, BCCI have decided to rest Jasprit Bumrah to manage his workload. The management will want a fully fit Bumrah for the mega event in June.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to rest India pacer Jasprit Bumrah for the forthcoming ODI series against Australia and the tour in New Zealand. Keeping in mind the work load of the bowler, it was best felt to give him adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia. Mohammed Siraj will replace Bumrah in the squad for the Australia and New Zealand tour. Siddarth Kaul has also been drafted into the squad for the 3-match T20I series against New Zealand,” BCCI said in a statement.
India will play a three-match ODI series starting from January 12 followed by a tour of New Zealand. The men in blues will play a five-match ODI series followed by a three-match T20Is.