It is learned that both have regained full fitness at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru and are bowling normally. He has completed his rehab. Earlier on August 8, when the Indian team for the Asia Cup was announced, the BCCI had said that both Bumrah and Harshal are in the NCA. Considering the return of Bumrah and Harshal to the side, a pace bowler and a spinner will have to make room for them.
Among the fast bowlers, Avesh Khan will be out of the team while leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi will also have to leave. But the report says that the final decision will be taken by the selection committee after consultation with the Indian team management. It is not immediately known whether fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who has been out of the Asia Cup squad, will be considered. The exclusion of Shami from the Asia Cup squad was heavily criticized by experts and commentators.
The selectors will keep an eye on Bumrah and Harshal’s performance in the upcoming home T20I series against Australia and South Africa. Both will be asked to play in matches against the visiting teams. The report said that the selection committee may meet on September 15 to choose the World Cup squad. The World Cup is to be held from 16 October to 13 November. Apart from Bumrah and Harshal, there will also be discussion on including Deepak Hooda and keeping Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik as the two keeper batsmen. It should come as no surprise that both of them should be selected but for this the opinion of coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma will definitely be taken.