Jasprit Bumrah, the prominent force in international cricket, has been sidelined from action since September 2022 due to a lower back stress fracture. Currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Bumrah is working hard to regain full fitness and return to the Indian national side ahead of the highly anticipated Cricket World Cup 2023.
There have been speculations that Bumrah might not only make a return but also lead the Indian team in their upcoming T20I series against Ireland next month. However, India’s current skipper, Rohit Sharma, preparing to lead the team against West Indies in a three-ODI series, stated that he is unaware of Bumrah’s inclusion for the Ireland tour.
While talking to Hindustan Times, Sharma emphasized that Bumrah’s experience is invaluable to the team. Still, he is unsure if Bumrah will travel to Ireland since the tour team has not yet been announced. Sharma also acknowledged that Bumrah’s recovery is progressing well and seems positive. However, he highlighted that returning from a serious injury requires careful consideration of match fitness and readiness, which may take time to build.
Rohit Sharma said, “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. If he gets to play, it’s good, and we hope he plays before the World Cup.”
“We’ll see what has been planned; everything depends on his recovery. We are in constant touch with the NCA, and things look positive now.” Sharma further added.
Bumrah’s struggle with a back injury began in July 2022 during the England tour, and it has since troubled him, leading to his absence from significant competitions like the Asia Cup 2022, T20 World Cup 2022, and Indian Premier League 2023.
As Bumrah continues his rehabilitation under the guidance of the NCA, the team management will keep a close eye on his progress and make informed decisions about his inclusion in upcoming tours, considering his health and match readiness. With the World Cup on the horizon, India will undoubtedly aim to have a fully-fit and in-form Bumrah in their ranks to bolster their chances in the marquee event.