Washington, Bumrah out of England T20Is

NEW DELHI: The Indian white-ball attack two jolts with pacer Jasprit Bumrah and off-spinner Washington Sundar have been ruled out of the T20Is series in England next week. While Bumrah has suffered a broken finger, it is learnt that Washington has twisted his ankle while playing football before the second T20I against Ireland.

Bumrah will be returning home, hoping to be fit for the five-match Test series that starts in Birmingham on August 1.

Bumrah’s injury will be a blow for the Indian team – considering his form and accuracy in shorter formats of the game. “But he was very good in the Tests in South Africa as well and team management will hope that he gets fit in time for the Test series against England. It’s a big blow for India. Hope his replacement will do a good job of it,” a source in the know of things told TOI on Saturday.

India are likely to draft in either Mumbai paceman Shardul Thakur or Rajasthan pacer Deepak Chahar as possible replacement for Bumrah. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel is in reckoning to replace Washington. All three bowlers are currently touring with the India ‘A’ team in England. Chahar has been in good form for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL and has continued to do well for India ‘A’ in England.

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