After a comprehensive win over Australia in the first match of the three-match series in Mohali last Friday, with the KL Rahul-led side scripting a five-wicket victory in the absence of senior players Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, Team India will look to wrap up the series when they face the visitors at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Sunday. India, on the other hand, will be without their great bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who has been given a sabbatical by the team management.
A BCCI report posted a few hours before the start of the second match on Sunday indicated that Bumrah did not travel to Indore with the Indian side. "He has gone to visit his family and has been given a short break by the team management," according to a statement released on Twitter.
? UPDATE ?: Mr Jasprit Bumrah did not travel with the team to Indore for the 2nd ODI against Australia.— BCCI (@BCCI) September 24, 2023
He has gone to visit his family and given a short break by the team management. Fast bowler Mukesh Kumar has joined the team as Bumrah's replacement for the 2nd ODI.
In lieu of Bumrah, fast bowler Mukesh Kumar joined the Indian team in Indore. He will shortly go for the Asian Games competition in China. The famous bowler will return for the third and final ODI match against Australia, which will take place on September 27 in Rajkot, according to the BCCI.
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After a protracted absence owing to a back ailment, Bumrah only made a comeback in late August. He has been out since September of last year, missing the World Test Championship final at The Oval, the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates, the T20 World Cup in Australia, and the whole 2023 IPL season.
Prior to being selected for the Asia Cup team and the World Cup roster, he made his comeback as captain during the Ireland series, heading a backup team when the most of the main players were absent. Later, Bumrah took a break from the continental competition's group matchup against Nepal to fly back home from Pallekele, Sri Lanka, for the birth of his first child. He then resumed his duties for the Super Four games.
For the second One-Day International against Australia, which would be captained by Steve Smith in place of Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna took Bumrah's position in India's starting XI. The second ODI was skipped by Cricket Australia's regular captain for an undisclosed reason.