Siraj replaces injured Bumrah in India T20I squad
With Jasprit Bumrah struggling with a back injury, India have called up Mohammed Siraj for the remainder of their home T20I series against South Africa.
As the side's spearhead remains a doubt for the T20 World Cup, Siraj, with just five T20I appearances to this point, has the chance to add to his five career wickets in the format.
Siraj was not named a reserve player for India's T20 World Cup squad, with selectors instead opting for Mohammad Shami and Deepak Chahar as the stand-by quicks for Australia. It remains unclear if Siraj will travel Down Under as a reserve should Bumrah be ruled out.
Bumrah is doubtful for the T20 World Cup starting next month in Australia. Bumrah failed to feature in the series opener between India and South Africa on Wednesday after the star pacer complained of back pain. According to multiple reports, Bumrah will miss the flight to Australia due to a back stress fracture.
India have a 1-0 series lead in the three-match series and host the Proteas in Guwahati in match two on Sunday.
India squad for South Africa T20Is: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Umesh Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj.