Jaspreet Bumrah has been rested for the upcoming one-day international series against Australia and New Zealand tour, the Indian Cricket Board announced on Tuesday (January 8). Mohammad Siraj has been nominated in his place. In addition, Siddle Kaul has been included in the squad for the three-match T20I series against New Zealand.
According to the release, "In view of the bowler's workload, he (Bumrah) was felt to give enough rest in the home series against Australia."
Bumrah hit 21 wickets in India's 2-1 victory over Australia in a four-match series and total 157.1 overs – more than any other Indian bowler. In fact, only Nathan Lyon (242.1) threw more runs in the series than him.
Siraj, who has played three T20Is, took seven wickets for Hyderabad in their last Ranji Trophy clash against Punjab. Right arm fast bowlers have been consistently performing well for India A, and recently they had a good tour of New Zealand with them.
In the meantime, Kaul also has a fantastic form for his state Punjab in Ranji Trophy. The 24-year-old also traveled to New Zealand with India A, where he took seven wickets in three 50-over matches. Kaul has played three ODIs and two T20I so far.
India will play three ODIs against Australia on January 12, 15 and 18 before flying to New Zealand. The five-match ODI series against Black Caps will begin on January 23, and the tour ends with three T20Is (February 6, 8 and 10).
First published: January 8, 2019, 10:44 AM IST