Dublin: In a blow to India's preparations for the tour of England, key pacer Jasprit Bumrah and off-spinner Washington Sundar were ruled out of the Twenty20 series starting Tuesday due to injuries.
Bumrah sustained an injury to his left thumb while fielding in the first Twenty20 against Ireland in Malahide on Wednesday, and will miss the three-match series in England. Bumrah did not take part in the optional nets on Thursday and was benched for the second match on Friday, with India winning the series 2-0.
But ahead of a sterner test against England, it's a major blow for India. Bumrah is ranked 10th on ICC's T20I Bowlers' ranking lost and along with leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is among the only two Indian bowlers in the top-ten of T20I rankings. He is expected to be fit in time for the three-match ODI series that begins in Nottingham on 12 July.
Sundar has also been ruled out of the T20 series owing to a right ankle injury which he sustained whilst playing football during India's first practice session in Malahide on Tuesday. Replacements will be named by the BCCI in due course, with Shardul Thakur and Deepak Thakur's names being talked up.
Meanwhile, England too have made an addition to their T20I squad, but only for the first game in Manchester. Batsman Dawid Malan has been called in as cover for pacer Tom Curran who has a side strain, but the latter is expected to be fit for the last two games of the series.
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Playing a three-match series three days after the T20 World Cup final, the Kiwis suffered their second defeat on the trot, going down to India by seven wickets in the second T20 on Friday
Since it is a bubble to bubble transfer, the Black Caps will not have to quarantine before the first T20I against hosts India on Wednesday.
Karthik missed the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament which Tamil Nadu won in New Delhi on Monday owing to an injury while Washington Sundar has been out of action since the tour of England earlier this year and was undergoing rehabilitation at the NCA in Bengaluru.