Asia Cup: Bumrah to miss match against Nepal as he returns to Mumbai for personal reasons

Mohammed Shami will replace Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah and Rohit Sharma (File) Jasprit Bumrah (right) celebrates with captain Rohit Sharma after the dismissal of Australia captain Aaron Finch during the second T20I in Nagpur | AP

Pacer Jasprit Bumrah will miss India’s match against Nepal as he has returned to Mumbai citing personal reasons. According to reports, Bumrah returned to India for the birth of his first child.

Sportstar reported that the bowler is in good shape and is only heading back home for personal reasons. Bumrah is expected to rejoin the team before it goes up against Pakistan on September 10, if India makes the Super Four, the publication reported. According to reports, Mohammed Shami will replace Bumrah.

Meanwhile, Nepal captain Rohit Paudel said on Sunday that playing against accomplished teams like India will help them massively in their cricketing journey. Nepal will face India in their final Asia Cup Group A match here on Monday.

 They had lost their first match against Pakistan in Multan in the tournament opener. "We all are very excited, especially playing against India. We didn't get such opportunities often. So, it's a big opportunity for all of us to represent our country on the biggest stage," said Paudel on eve of the match.

 "We never imagined that we would get a chance to play two back-to-back matches against Pakistan and India. We want to make such opportunities count so that the cricketing world can take notice of us," said Paudel.

 Nepal qualified for the Asia Cup 2023 on the back of them winning the ACC Premier Cup earlier this year. 

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