On the eve of India’s series start against Sri Lanka, the BCCI dropped Jasprit Bumrah from the three-match ODI lineup due to the string of key series that lies ahead. Bumrah has been removed from the roster for the next series under the directives of the NCA. His first cricket-related task since October is this one.

“The forthcoming three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka will not feature Team India paceman, Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah would need more time to hone his bowling stamina. Before the ODI series, he was slated to join the team in Guwahati. This decision has been made with care. The replacement for Jasprit Bumrah has not yet been chosen by the All-India Senior Selection Committee.” said the BCCI in a statement.

Bumrah is said to benefit from being given a little extra time before fully recovering since the India bowler tends to falter after playing uninterrupted sport. The World Cup, which will be contested in India later this year, the Indian Premier League, the Border-Gavaskar Trophy versus Australia at home over a four-match series starting next week, and the World Test Championship final are all events that Bumrah is expected to participate in.

At first, it was believed that Bumrah’s progress had delighted the BCCI because of his ability to recover from his back ailment. When Bumrah was obliged to return for the T20Is against Australia before the World Cup, his injury flared up once again; as a result, the BCCI decided to keep India’s best bowler away until he had completely healed. Bumrah did not go with the Indian team to Guwahati, where the first ODI was played.

Bumrah continued to post footage of his training and imminent return on social media while recuperating even though he was left out of India’s first squad. In the end, the board decided to include him in a productive start to the new year. Bumrah might still be underprepared, therefore it seems that his comeback to first-class cricket has been delayed.

In Bumrah, injuries are nothing new. Bumrah missed the ODI and T20I series against England for three weeks in 2018 due to a fractured left thumb. Due to a lower-back stress fracture, Bumrah missed the home Test series against South Africa the next year, after the 2019 World Cup, and he traveled to the UK for treatment. During the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Bumrah had an abdominal strain and was unable to participate in the fourth Test at the Gabba during India’s tour of Australia in 2020–21.

Bumrah had played without an injury for more than a year owing to rigorous care, but he suffered a back injury while representing India in a limited-overs tour of England, where he had taken 6/19 at The Oval. As a result, Bumrah was barred from representing India in the Asia Cup. After the illness returned and prevented him from competing in the World Cup in Australia, he went on to play two T20Is against that country in Nagpur and Hyderabad, recording 1/23 and 0/50 in those games.

Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, and Axar Patel make up the revised Indian side for the one-day international series against Sri Lanka.