Shardul to replace injured Bumrah in England ODIs

Mumbai paceman Shardul Thakur has been called in as replacement for injured fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah for the upcoming three-match ODI series against England, a BCCI media release stated on Friday (July 6).

Bumrah, while trying to stop the ball on his follow through, injured his left thumb during the first Twenty20 International against Ireland. He was subsequently ruled out of the second T20I against them and also the following T20I series against England. The release further stated that Bumrah underwent a surgery on Wednesday in Leeds and has now flown back to India. The surgery is said to have been successful and he will begin his rehabilitation process in due course of time.

Shardul is already in England as a part of India A and played in the recently concluded one-day tri-series involving England Lions and West Indies A. In the four matches he was a part of, he picked up eight wickets, two of which came in the final against the Lions.

The 26-year-old has been a part of India’s limited-overs setup in recent times, having made his international debut last year against Sri Lanka in the 4th ODI. His last ODI appearance was in South Africa where he returned his career-best figures of 4 for 52. He’s also been a constant feature in India’s T20I scheme of things, playing two of the three T20Is in South Africa before playing all games in the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka. He along with Jaydev Unadkat, however, were overlooked for the Ireland T20Is and the ongoing T20I series against England.

It will be interesting to see if Bumrah – India’s newest Test player who made his debut in South Africa – recovers in time for the marquee five-Test series against England, starting August 1.

Earlier, Washington Sundar had been ruled out of both the T20I and ODI series due to a right ankle injury, which he suffered whilst playing football during India’s practice session in Malahide. He was replaced by Krunal Pandya and Axar Patel in the T20I and ODI squads respectively.

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