SOUTH AFRICA TOUR OF INDIA, 2019
Umesh’s last Test was against Australia last December. © Getty
Umesh Yadav will replace ace paceman Jasprit Bumrah for the three upcoming Tests against South Africa. Bumrah was ruled out of the series with a minor stress fracture in his lower back.
Bumrah, who was rested from the T 20 I series that the two sides drew 1-1, had his injury detected during a routine radiological screening. “He will now undergo rehabilitation at NCA and will be monitored by the BCCI Medical Team,” the board stated in a release on Tuesday (September 24).
Umesh, who hadn’t been picked in the initial squad, last played a Test in Perth 2018 when India toured Australia, bagging two wickets in the first innings. He, however, remained wicketless in the second. In 41 Tests so far , Umesh has 119 wickets, averaging 33. 47.
The first of three Tests kicks off on October 2 in Vizag, followed by Tests in Pune and Ranchi.
India’s Test squad:Virat Kohli (c), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (Wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill