Jasprit Bumrah is "hopeful" to make it to T20 WC; Rahul Dravid shares a big update

Jasprit Bumrah is "hopeful" to make it to T20 WC; Rahul Dravid shares a big update

The preparting of Rohit Sharma and his men was dealt a massive blow when India's ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the three-match T20I series against South Africa at home. The pacer suffered a back stres fracture and has been out for at least 4-6 weeks.

This has certainly ruined the preparation and plans for India ahead of the T20 World Cup. Because the team itself is struggling with the bowling, especially in the death overs, and they are not able to defend big scores as well.

Bumrah went to the scan on Friday and it is not clear whether he will be fit to make it to the team for the World Cup or not. His availability will be confirmed till October 16, because after that India will play its warm-up matches on October 17 and 19.

However, ahead of the second T20I against South Africa, India's head coach Rahul Dravid provided the exact update on the fitness of the ace pacer. He said that Bumrah has gone to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and his official test reports are awaited.

Dravid said, "He has gone to the NCA and we are waiting for an official confirmation on the next steps. As of now, officially he is only ruled out of this series, and we will see what happens in the next 2-3 days, but once we get an official confirmation, then we will be able to share that. "

Furthermore, Dravid said that as per the medical experts, he will not be able to feature in the South Africa T20Is. That is why he has been ruled out of the series. However, the Indian coach also hinted that official confirmation is pending and they are hoping for his better recovery.

The selectors replaced Bumrah with Mohammed Siraj for the remaining two matches against South Africa. The replacement was announced on Friday. Siraj hasn't been a regular part of the white-ball set-up for India. He recently played three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against the West Indies and Zimbabwe.

In the event that Bumrah is unable to participate in the T20 World Cup, some reports suggest that Mohammed Siraj and Umran Malik will accompany the Indian team to Australia as backups. 

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