Only a few weeks before the T20 World Cup, India suffered a setback when star bowler Jasprit Bumrah was forced to retire due to a possible stress fracture in his back. Bumrah, who has only played in 15 games so far this year—5 Tests, ODIs, and T20Is—just made a comeback for the Australia series in the T20I format. The bowler had back pain during practice, thus he was unable to play. He had accompanied the Indian squad to Thiruvananthapuram for the first T20I matchup against South Africa.

Although the BCCI has not yet made a formal announcement on Bumrah’s injury or his replacement, Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami are thought to be the two candidates. The latter is one of the four players on standby for the T20 World Cup and has just recovered from Covid-19. Siraj has achieved success with Warwickshire despite playing in a limited number of T20I matches.

Despite being on the reserves list, Deepak Chahar may not be selected due to his likeness to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. India needs a backup plan now.

Numerous remarks have been posted on social media about Jasprit Bumrah’s injury ever since it was initially reported. One of them was an old video of Shoaib Akhtar describing how Bumrah’s unusual motion will result in back issues and maybe endanger his career.

When we faced each other, it was more effective (for the pressure on the back). Way a prior interview with Sports Tak, Akhtar said that front-on action has no compensatory elements and that, no matter how hard you try, you cannot escape it when the back gives in. Bowlers who use their shoulders and backs swiftly.

The Rawalpindi Express said that India couldn’t play Bumrah in all three formats using the examples of former West Indies spinner Ian Bishop and former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond.