The Indian fast bowler Deepak Chahar has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup 2022 due to back issues even as the fans are still waiting for the replacement announcement for injured Jasprit Bumrah in the 15-man squad. Chahar was named as part of the reserves for the World Cup, which will be held in Australia from October 16.
Deepak Chahar was in impressive form ever since he returned from a long injury lay-off during the series against Zimbabwe in Harare. He was included in the T20 World Cup reserves but the fast bowler was ruled out of the recently-concluded ODI series against South Africa with off-spinner Washington Sundar replacing him.
Meanwhile, the trio of Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur is expected to fly out to Australia on Thursday, October 13. The three fast bowlers will join the squad, which is currently training in Perth ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Mohammed Shami, who is considered the frontrunner to replace Jasprit Bumrah in the squad, will have his final fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru as he has now recovered from Covid-19 which ruled him out of the T20I series against South Africa and Australia at home.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj has come up with consistent performances as he can be a suitable replacement for Jasprit Bumrah as he was the man of the series in the ODI series against South Africa. Siraj scalped 5 wickets from 3 matches against the Proteas. Siraj was in terrific rhythm with the new ball and kept the run flow in check, using the bouncers to good effect.
India would want to name Bumrah’s replacement after assessing the 3 fast bowlers in Australian conditions but Shami seems to be the clear frontrunner, India Today has learned.