After Jasprit Bumrah, another fast bowler Deepak Chahar has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia. So BCCI is sending three reinforcements. Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur.
Chahar, one of the stand-by players, was expected to make it to the main squad in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah but it is understood that his back injury will take time to heal.
Deepak Chahar featured in the T20I series against South Africa, but developed a back problem and was forced to skip the ODI series. He reported to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for rehabilitation.
“Mr Chahar had a stiff back after the third and final T20 International against South Africa at Indore and was not included in India’s playing XI in the first ODI at Lucknow,” the BCCI said in a statement earlier.
It is understood that since the team has time till October 15 to announce Jasprit Bumrah’s replacement, the team management has time to check the form and fitness of the three fast bowlers.
His timely arrival in Australia will also give him enough time to adapt to the conditions below. If their services will be needed, they will be up for competition.
Shami is leading the race with his artistry and experience, but Siraj excelled in the recently concluded ODI series against South Africa, where he became the player of the series. Siraj took five wickets in three matches, including three in the Ranchi ODI.
Shardul will provide cover to Hardik Pandya with his all-rounder ability but will most likely be on the stand-by list.