In a major setback for the Indian team and Mumbai Indians, ace speedster Jasprit Bumrah has reportedly been ruled out of the upcoming 16th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) and a possible World Test Championship final (WTC) in June. He’s yet to recover from the back stiffness.

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According to the latest report of Cricbuzz, Bumrah’s glute injury has turned out to be more serious than it was perceived to be initially. Despite being under the observation of the medical team of the BCCI at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Bumrah’s recovery has been on the slower side, which means he will take a few more months to make his on-field return. With a much longer recovery time needed for Bumrah to attain optimum match fitness, there are very less chances of his participation in the IPL 2023. The extent of his injury is unspecified but it is also likely that he will fail to recover in time for the ICC World Test Championship final (WTC), scheduled to take place in June, should India qualify.

The star Indian pacer has been on the sidelines since September last year because of a stress reaction in his back. This injury made him miss the important T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia and other important games for his country.

He resumed training in November and started bowling a month later at the NCA and was slated to play the ODI series at home against Sri Lanka last month but recurring back stiffness in his back forced him to undergo further rehabilitation. The BCCI decided to withdraw his name on the eve of the series opener in Guwahati.

IPL 2023: Big Blow for Mumbai Indians

IPL 2023: Jasprit Bumrah Reportedly Ruled Out of the Tournament
IPL 2023: Jasprit Bumrah Reportedly Ruled Out of the Tournament

It was expected that Bumrah would return for the final two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar series between India and Australia. But he wasn’t included in the 17-member Test squad due to a recurring back problem. The board stated that the pacer’s recovery from stress fracture has been a slow one and the Indian team management didn’t risk their key all-format player for the three ODIs. As per the latest report, the board wants to make sure that Bumrah is ready for this year’s Asia Cup and the 2023 World Cup. 

If reports turned out to be true, then the development will come as a colossal blow for Mumbai Indians. A pacer with over 100 wickets in the competition with an average of 23.04 and an economy rate of 7.42 runs per over, it will be impossible for the franchise to find Bumrah’s replacement.

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