September 24, 2019 / 11:54 AM / 2 months ago

Cricket: India call up Yadav to replace injured Bumrah for South Africa series

Cricket - England v India - First Test - Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - August 3, 2018 India's Umesh Yadav celebrates after taking the wicket of England's Adil Rashid Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers/File Photo

(Reuters) - Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the home test series against South Africa after suffering a stress fracture in his back and will be replaced by Umesh Yadav, the country’s cricket board (BCCI) said on Tuesday.

Bumrah, 25, was India’s leading bowler at the 50-over World Cup with 18 victims and he took 13 wickets in the recent two-test series in West Indies at an exceptional average of 9.23.

“Jasprit Bumrah has sustained a minor stress fracture in his lower back and has been ruled out of the upcoming series for Gandhi-Mandela Trophy against South Africa,” the BCCI said in a statement.

Bumrah’s spell of 5-7 in the first test made him the first Asian bowler to complete five-wicket hauls in Australia, England, South Africa and West Indies — in only his 11th test.

Yadav, who has taken 119 wickets in 41 tests, last played for India in December in Australia.

Vishakhapatnam will host the first test between India and South Africa from Oct. 2 followed by matches at Pune and Ranchi. The series is the first for South Africa in the new ICC Test Championship.

India squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill.

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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