Rohit Sharma comments on Jasprit Bumrah’s unavailability in squad


Jasprit Bumrah, India’s pace spearhead, has been out of action due to a back injury and underwent surgery in New Zealand for further treatment. India recently lost to Australia in the second ODI of the three-match series. At the post-match press conference, skipper Rohit Sharma was questioned about Bumrah’s prolonged absence. During Bumrah’s absence, other bowlers like Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik, and Shardul Thakur have stepped up for the team.


“(Jasprit) Bumrah has been absent for more than eight months now, the guys and the team are very much used to it. It is very hard to fill Bumrah’s shoes. We all know that; he is a quality bowler but now that is not been available for us. Let’s not just keep thinking about that,”

Rohit said.

He further added:

“We have to move ahead and guys have taken the responsibility pretty well (Mohammed) Siraj, (Mohammed) Shami, Shardul (Thakur), we have got Umran and Jaydev (Unadkat) as well.”

Jasprit Bumrah’s injury has kept him out of action since September 2022. Despite attempts to make a comeback, the pacer remains sidelined for another six months, which means he will miss the upcoming Indian Premier League and important tournaments such as the World Test Championship and the Asia Cup. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has yet to provide an official statement regarding his injury, but they hope that he will recover in time for the 2023 ICC World Cup, scheduled for October-November.

In the ongoing series, Mitchell Starc led the charge with a five-wicket haul as the Australian cricket team thrashed India in the second ODI. The visitors chased down the target of 118 runs comfortably thanks to half-centuries from Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head. The result tied the series at 1-1, with the final match set to take place on March 22 in Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium.

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