Bumrah’s absence a call for Ishant, Shami to take the lead

When a South African team in transition take on India in the three-Test series starting Wednesday, they will be more relieved in the knowledge that Jasprit Bumrah will not pick up the red cherry and come at them than Virat Kohli picking up the bat and sending their bowlers on a leather hunt.

Arguably one of the best in the business, Bumrah has been ruled out of the series due to a minor stress fracture in his lower back. Needless to say, it was a body blow to the team management as they lost a player who in 12 Test matches has picked up 62 wickets, all on foreign soil including a hat-trick in the West Indies.

Speaking to IANS, sources in the team management have said that the Bangladesh series is not in the radar as skipper Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri want Bumrah to recover completely and return to action as India also has an eye on the 2020 World T20 in Australia next year.

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