Kaushik Kashyap ∙ Mar 1 2023, 6:43 PM

Jasprit Bumrah To Have Back Surgery In New Zealand

image-leq0rhnkJasprit Bumrah to have back surgery in New Zealand. (Source: Twitter)

Star Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah is all set to fly to New Zealand for back surgery. The BCCI, alongside the medical team in the NCA have decided to send Bumrah to New Zealand as soon as possible as the 29-year-old is expected to undergo a back surgery, to put an end to his lower back injuries, which have ruled him out of action since September last year.

Bumrah was believed to have a stress reaction in his lower back in August last year, but the injuries kept on continuing, subsequently ruling him out of the Asia Cup 2022 and the T20 World Cup in Australia as well.

He could not even take part in the ongoing four-match Test series against Australia at home and with the ODI World Cup scheduled to take part later this year, the medical team at the NCA has suggested Bumrah to go through a back surgery.

It is expected that Bumrah will need at least 20-24 weeks for recovery and will be out of action till September, missing the IPL 2023, the Final of World Test Championship (if India qualify) in June later this year and also most probably the Asia Cup 2023 in August-September.

BCCI’s current priority is to get Bumrah fit before the ODI World Cup in October-November. They have decided to rope in a Kiwi surgeon, who has operated several New Zealand cricketers in the past, including Shane Bond, the current bowling coach of Mumbai Indians.

So, there is going to be another five to six months waiting for the fans to watch the star Indian pacer back in action. With the absence of Bumrah, team India will be keen to look for certain options in the pace attack to go forward with, eyeing the World Test Championship Final in June. It will be very interesting to see how things pan out for Rohit Sharma and co.