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Bumrah unlikely to undergo lower-back surgery "as of now"


India's pace spearhead, Jasprit Bumrah, is unlikely to undergo a surgery for his "minor" back injury, according to India bowling coach Bharat Arun. The decision has been made after Bumrah travelled to the UK for consultations with back specialists along with NCA's chief physio, Ashish Kaushik. However, Bumrah is unlikely to feature in the remainder of India's prolonged home season, including limited-overs fixtures against Bangladesh, West Indies and Sri Lanka.
Bharat Arun, who mentioned that Bumrah wouldn't be undergoing surgery "as of now", made it clear that the team management's next target is to get him ready in time for the tour of New Zealand (starts on January 24, 2020) - further reinforcing the claim that Bumrah has become India's quintessential overseas pace-bowling specialist; almost two years after his Test debut, he is yet to play a home Test.
"Fast bowling is an unnatural activity," explained Arun, in an interview with The Hindu. "Despite our best efforts there can be no guarantees. We expect Bumrah to be back sooner than later, hopefully in time for the New Zealand Test series that is our next big challenge. As of now, he doesn't need surgery."
Bumrah's lumbar (lower back) stress fracture had been detected ahead of three-match Test series against South Africa, during a routine radiological screening. He was subsequently rested for the series and was replaced by Umesh Yadav, who put up an exemplary display of bowling in the Tests, extending his impressive performances at home with the red SG ball.
Bumrah has been recuperating from his injury at the NCA in Bengaluru ever since the injury was detected.

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