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New injury for Jasprit Bumrah: the Indian pacer is excluded from the ODI series in Sri Lanka.

Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah… has been dropped from the one-day series against Sri Lanka which begins in Guwahati on Tuesday.

Bumrah has been out since September and missed the Twenty20 World Cup, where India were beaten by England in the semi-finals, with a back injury.

The recent T20 clashes between India and Sri Lanka saw the hosts, led by Hardik Pandya, win the three-game series 2-1.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India said Bumrah “will need a bit more time to build up his resistance to bowling” and the decision was made “as a precautionary measure”. No replacement has been named for the 29-year-old.

ESPNcricinfo reported that Bumrah may need an extra month to get fit and is also a doubt for the first test against Australia in Nagpur which starts on February 9.

Bumrah will most likely miss the ODI and T20I series against New Zealand which kicks off on January 18.

He was not part of India’s initial ODI selection against Sri Lanka, announced on December 27, but was included in the series on January 3.

“The pacer has undergone rehabilitation and has been declared fit by the NCA,” BCCI said when announcing Bumrah’s belated inclusion in the series. “He will soon join the India squad for the ODI matches.

Captain Rohit Sharma and star batsman Virat Kohli are making their return to the ODI squad, ahead of the 50-year FIFA World Cup that India will host in October and November this year.

Several key players, including Rohit, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Bumrah, have not played Test cricket since the single Test against England at Edgbaston last July.

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