Jasprit Bumrah, the skilled Indian fast bowler, is gearing up for a highly anticipated return to international cricket, marking his comeback after an 11-month hiatus. Bumrah’s last appearance was in the T20I series against Australia in September 2022, prior to being sidelined due to a stress fracture in his back. Having undergone comprehensive rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, Bumrah is now poised to lead a young Indian squad in the forthcoming three-match T20I series against Ireland.
In a significant development, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently unveiled a video clip featuring Jasprit Bumrah in action during net practice, showcasing his remarkable pace and skill. The footage captured him delivering a menacing bouncer followed by a precise yorker, indicating his return to form and readiness to make a resounding impact.
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Bumrah’s return holds immense importance for the Indian team, particularly in their preparations for the 2023 Asia Cup and the ICC ODI World Cup. As a leader of a burgeoning side, Jasprit Bumrah assumes a pivotal role in nurturing players for the impending major tournaments, scheduled for October and November this year in India.
Yet, former Indian fast bowler Laxmipathy Balaji has sounded a note of caution, indicating that Jasprit Bumrah might encounter certain challenges in his comeback journey. Balaji pointed out that any back surgery comes with its share of adjustments and hurdles, implying that Bumrah may require time to regain his prime form. Nevertheless, Balaji expressed unwavering confidence in Bumrah’s exceptional skills.
Balaji remarked, “Any back surgery, it’ll have some little bit of hiccups here and there.”
Eager to rebound from their recent series loss against West Indies, Team India is determined to recapture their winning momentum. Under Bumrah’s leadership, the squad is committed to showcasing their prowess and dominating the upcoming three T20Is against Ireland. These matches are scheduled for August 18, 20, and 23 in Dublin.