England vs India: Jasprit Bumrah officially ruled out of Lord’s Test
Bumrah hasn't played a single match thus far in India's campaign on English soil.
Updated - Aug 7, 2018 6:08 pm
After a rather disappointing start against England in the five-match Test series at Edgbaston in Birmingham, India would be hoping to make a comeback in the second contest, which gets underway on August 9, at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground. In the meantime, Indian cricket has been hit by a massive blow as fast-bowler Jasprit Bumrah has officially been ruled out of the second encounter.
Bharat Arun, the former Indian pacer, confirmed the same during a press conference prior to the crucial fixture. He suffered the injury during the first T20I against Ireland at Malahide Cricket Ground in Dublin and hasn’t played a single match thus far in India’s campaign on English soil. Albeit the Indian bowlers did well in the first match, Bumrah’s inclusion would’ve been a massive boost for the team.
India’s injury-marred journey
India have already been dealt with a couple of injury concerns from the start of their UK tour. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, another of the speedsters is in the middle of a back injury. He has played four matches in the campaign and hasn’t looked at his best by any means. He played the final ODI against the Brits in Bristol but wasn’t included in the squad for the first three Tests.
Earlier, Wriddhiman Saha, their first-choice Test wicketkeeper suffered a finger injury and then the persistent shoulder injury has also made him uncertain for India’s upcoming tour of Australia later this year. A few days ago, the Bengal-player underwent a laberal repair surgery in Manchester. Dinesh Karthik, the Tamil Nadu-cricketer is playing as the keeper in the Test side.
India lost the first Test by 31 runs after they found themselves in a position of command. Virat Kohli scored his maiden ton in the format in England and followed it up with a gutsy half-century, but despite his superlative shows, India couldn’t come out trumps.