India suffered a major setback when Bumrah, the pacesetter, was ruled out of the last pre-season series against South Africa with a stress fracture in his lower back.
“We are awaiting official confirmation of the next steps. Effective immediately, he is officially banned from this (SA) series. But we’ll see what happens in the next few days,” Dravid told reporters on the eve of the second T20I against South Africa.
It usually takes around six months for a stress fracture in the back to fully heal, but Dravid said they are still “hopeful”.
“Honestly I haven’t delved deep into the medical reports, I rely on the experts to tell me what it is. They expelled him from this series and he is under investigation. We will know in due course what happens in the future,” said the 49-year-old.
“Obviously we’ll always be hopeful until he’s completely ruled out and we get official confirmation that he’s ruled out. We will always hope for the best, just for us as a team and Jasprit as an individual.”
Bumrah, who had been out of action since July’s India tour of England, had recently made a comeback during the T20I home series against Australia but the 28-year-old was once again forced to return to the National Cricket Academy for rehab.
Bumrah’s spate of injuries has become a topic of discussion despite his workload being carefully managed by the think tank.
Bumrah played all 14 IPL matches for his franchise Mumbai Indians and has only appeared in six internationals in four months since then.
do rehab at the NCABumrah made a comeback in the previous Australia series where he played two games and traveled with the team to the 1st T20I against South Africa in Thiruvananthapuram only to be ruled out before the game.
“We mostly manage to get everything. Not everything will be perfect. It happens, it’s part of the game, we’re not the only team suffering from injuries.
“Of course they can mess up your plans a bit if they happen closer to big tournaments. Everyone is trying very hard to keep injuries to a minimum,” Dravid defended her workload management.
The former Indian skipper said it’s normal to have injury problems, adding that they work really hard with their sports science team to manage the players’ workload.
“I don’t think there’s a team in the world that can say they don’t have any injuries at all. It’s part of the game, you play the game a lot, you play it all the time, people will get hurt.” that’s the nature of the sport,” he said.
There has been much debate over who will replace Bumrah if he is officially ruled out with just two weeks left before the World Cup warm-up game against Australia.
But Dravid said they are in their comfort zone as they have all the skills for different conditions and opposing teams in Australia.
“We’re pretty sure we have all the skills that allow us to play different combos and different types of XIs based on the gates and opponents. That’s really important in a World Cup when you’re playing 4-5 different venues.
“You have to have a bit of versatility and flexibility in your squad to be able to change things.
“In the last couple of series, we probably haven’t been able to play that roster for a variety of reasons. But most of the boys in the 15 have played a pretty decent amount of cricket in the last six months.”
Dravid said they have absolute clarity on the roles assigned to each of the players in the World Cup squad.
“Within the group, within the team, we were pretty clear about what kind of combinations we want, what kind of players we’re likely to have in the XI. I don’t know the wicket and what it’s like.
“We were pretty clear about what skills we want in the 15. For me that’s really important. The kind of squad we’re going to pick for the World Cup, injury aside, what skills we’re looking for, different types of bowlers, certain repartees, we were very clear about that.”