Bumrah will travel to UK to seek opinion on stress fracture

Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah will leave for the United Kingdom on October 6th or 7th to undergo treatment for the stress fracture he suffered on his lower back.

Star India bowler Jasprit Bumrah will be accompanied by NCA head physiotherapist Ashish Kaushik on his trip to the UK.   -  Getty Images

Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah will travel to the United Kingdom for a period of one week to seek opinion on his lower back stress fracture from multiple specialists, a BCCI official revealed on Monday.

Bumrah has been ruled out for a minimum period of two months starting from the South Africa Test series till the end of Bangladesh series, his first major injury break in his three and half year international career.

Umesh Yadav has replaced him in the Indian Test squad for the three-match series against South Africa.

“The BCCI is sending Bumrah to London for further treatment on his stress fracture. The NCA head physiotherapist Ashish Kaushik will be accompanying him. The BCCI has fixed appointments with three different specialists to get multiple opinion,” a senior Board functionary told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

“Bumrah is expected to leave on October 6th or 7th and would be there in the UK for about a week. As per the opinion of the three doctors, the next course of action will be decided upon. We have taken appointments from the best in the business when it comes to stress fractures,” the official said.

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Recently, senior speedster Ashish Nehra told PTI that in case of stress fracture, it is difficult to set a time-frame for comebacks as it “can vary” from player to player.

“It might be the case of Jasprit feeling good after just two months and he may not feel good even after six months. It is such an injury where you don’t have any medication save proper rest and then an intense rehabilitation programme. Only a player can say when he is match-ready,” Nehra said on Sunday.

Bumrah’s absence will be a big miss for India in the upcoming World Test Championship matches as it aims for to win full points against South Africa and Bangladesh.

The 25-year-old has been India’s premier bowler for the past two years, taking 62 wickets in 12 Tests and 103 ODI wickets in the 58 ODIs. He also has 51 T20 International scalps in 42 games.

The slinger is expected to play a big part in India’s World T20 campaign in Australia next year and it remains to be seen when he makes a competitive comeback.