Chahar ruled out of T20 World Cup; Siraj, Shami, Thakur to join Indian squad

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj was named player-of-the-series in the one-dayers against South Africa. File photo: Twitter@BCCI

New Delhi: Fast bowlers Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur will join the Indian contingent in Australia soon even as Deepak Chahar has been ruled out of the upcoming T20 World Cup due to a back injury.

Chahar, who was among the stand-by players, was expected to make the main squad in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah but it is understood that his back injury will take time to heal.

"Deepak will take some time to get fit. His back issue has flared up again. So BCCI is sending three reinforcements. Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur," a BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

Chahar had competed in the T20 series against South Africa but developed a back issue and was forced to skip the ODI series. He reported to the National Cricket Academu (NCA) for rehabilitation.

It is understood that since the team has time till Saturday to announce Bumrah's replacement, the team management has time to check out form and fitness of all three pacers.

Their timely arrival in Australia will also give them time enough to acclimatisation to the conditions Down Under. In case their services are required, they will ready for the contest.

Shami with his experience leads the race but Siraj was excellent in the recently-concluded ODI series against South Africa, where he emerged player of the series. Siraj took five wickets, including three in the Ranchi ODI, in three games.

Thakur with his all-round abilities will provide cover to Hardik Pandya but most likely he will be in stand-by list.

Ravi Bishnoi and Shreyas Iyer are unlikely to travel for the time being and will only join the team in case the team asks for a batter's reinforcement.

Bishnoi will travel in case there is any injury to Yuzvendra Chahal.

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