The elimination of renowned bowler Jasprit Bumrah from the T20 World Cup on Monday dealt a serious blow to India’s hopes for the competition. A successor will be appointed shortly, the BCCI said in an official statement that confirmed the situation.

Bumrah missed the Asia Cup in 2022 as well because of a back issue, but he has since joined the national team after rehabilitation at Bengaluru’s National Cricket Academy. Prior to Australia’s cricket spectacular, which begins on October 16, he was selected for the home T20I series against Australia and South Africa.

The pacer, who had played in the series against Australia, was eventually ruled out of the T20Is against South Africa. Since the news spread, a few fans have criticized the cricketer on social media for being accessible for his franchise while neglecting his national obligations.

Bumrah, though, poked fun at the naysayers in a cryptic Instagram post. On Wednesday night, the pacer posted a photo on Instagram with the caption: “You will never get there if you stop and hurl stones at every dog that barks.”

Bumrah wrote a message for the fans a day after it was announced that the pacer wouldn’t be competing in the World Cup, expressing his regret over the missed chance.

“Although I am heartbroken that I won’t be playing in this year’s T20 World Cup, I am grateful for the kind wishes, concern, and support I have gotten from my loved ones. I’ll be supporting the squad throughout their Australian campaign while I heal, “Bumrah posted in a tweet.

Although the BCCI has not yet announced a replacement for Bumrah, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj continue to be the front-runners.

For the South Africa T20Is, Siraj was brought in to replace Bumrah, while Chahar and Shami remain reserves.