Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah is set to make his much-awaited comeback to international cricket after being out of action for nearly a year due to a back injury. Reports suggest that Bumrah will likely be part of the upcoming T20I series against Ireland. The return of Jasprit Bumrah will undoubtedly be a significant boost for the Indian cricket team, given his vital role in the bowling attack.
Jasprit Bumrah’s comeback comes at a crucial juncture, with the ODI World Cup on the horizon, and his participation in the series against Ireland will be vital for India’s preparations and their chances of success in the prestigious tournament. India is scheduled to kick off their World Cup campaign against Australia on October 8 in Chennai.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma provided an update on Bumrah’s recovery during a press conference ahead of the first ODI against West Indies. While acknowledging the importance of Bumrah’s experience, he also emphasized the need for caution due to the nature of his injury. Match fitness is a critical aspect for a player returning from a serious injury, and the team management will closely monitor Bumrah’s progress before making any decisions.
“The amount of experience he (Bumrah) brings is very important. Right now he’s coming from a serious injury, and I’ve no idea if he’ll travel to Ireland because the team hasn’t been announced yet,” said Rohit Sharma.
He further added, “If he gets to play, then it’s good, and we hope he plays before the World Cup. When a player returns from a serious injury, match fitness, match feeling are some key components that are missing. We’ll see what has been planned, and everything depends on his recovery. We are in constant touch with the NCA, and things look positive at the moment.”
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) issued a medical and fitness update on Bumrah’s rehabilitation process on July 21. The fast bowler is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. The BCCI stated that Bumrah is in the final stages of his rehab and is bowling with full intensity in the nets.
To further assess his readiness, the NCA will arrange practice games, and the BCCI Medical Team will evaluate his performance after these matches before making the final decision on his return to international cricket. The Indian cricket fraternity eagerly awaits the return of their ace pacer, hoping he can make a significant impact in the upcoming series and boost India’s World Cup aspirations.