Former Indian batter Mohammad Kaif has talked about the most important player for India in the upcoming ODI World Cup. Kaif has emphasized the significance of Jasprit Bumrah in a fully fit manner for the upcoming ODI World Cup which is set to commence on October 5 in India. Kaif further underlined that India’s ability to succeed in crucial matches during the World Cup largely depends on Bumrah’s participation.
Bumrah has been struggling with his form since September 2022 due to a back injury. The injury was severe enough to cause him to miss significant events such as the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 and the Asia Cup 2022. His injury was diagnosed as a stress reaction in his lower back which kept him out from the team for long.
While talking about the importance of Jasprit Bumrah, Kaif said,”The players who are injured, India’s chances in the World Cup will depend a lot on that (their comeback). Bumrah is coming now after a long injury lay-off and we will get an idea about how fit he is. India needs a fully fit Bumrah to do well in the World Cup at home.”
He said,”If Bumrah doesn’t play we will lose, like we did in Asia Cup T20 and 2022 T20 World Cup. We don’t have his backup.”
He further added,”At the moment the team is not looking the strongest on paper as it is missing key players including K L Rahul, Pant, Iyer and the biggest factor is Bumrah.”
During March 2023, Jasprit Bumrah underwent a successful back surgery in New Zealand. After the surgical procedure, Bumrah started his Rehab at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). The medical team at the NCA held positive expectations regarding his comeback.