In what could be a massive setback for Mumbai Indians, their star pacer Jasprit Bumrah will reportedly miss the entire IPL 2023 season as he hasn’t yet recovered from a back injury, which has troubled him since last year.
Meanwhile, there is also a big possibility that the right-arm pacer may also be ruled out from the final of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) in June should India qualify for it.
As per a report in ESPNcricinfo, the BCCI medical team has advised Bumrah a surgery to deal with the recurrences of his back issues and a call in this regard will be soon taken by the Indian board after consultation with the pacer and staffs of the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
Notably, the star pacer has been out of cricketing action since September 2022 due to which he had missed major tournaments like Asia Cup and T20 World Cup last year.
Bumrah had also failed to make to the Indian squad for the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy which is crucial for India to get a place in WTC final.
As of now, his chances for appearance in IPL 2023 for Mumbai Indians also look very slim.
“The BCCI medical staff at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru is treating Bumrah’s case on an urgent basis. It is understood that the staff suggested the surgery option to him following recurring niggles in his lower back which surfaced originally in the form of a stress reaction last August,” the report said.
”A final decision on the next step is expected to be taken soon by the BCCI in coordination with the NCA and Bumrah, keeping in mind the ODI World Cup is scheduled in October-November in India,” it added.
Significantly, Bumrah had last played for India in a T20I match against Australia at home on September 25, 2022 and has been rehabilitating at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru since then.
Earlier, the right-arm pacer was all set to make a return to competitive cricket against Sri Lanka in January 2023 however, he was ruled out later after failing to recover in time.
Meanwhile, it will also be a massive blow for Mumbai Indians, who will be eyeing to bounce back in the upcoming IPL season after a disastrous outing in the previous one where they had finished at the bottom of points table with just four wins from 14 matches.
Last month, India captain Rohit Sharma had said the team management wants to give Bumrah ample time to regain full fitness. “We are in constant touch with physios and doctors in NCA. The medical team will give him as much time as he wants,” Rohit had told reporters.