Leading Indian fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah has been making a lot of headlines in the cricket fraternity of late due to his multiple injuries. Six days after including him in the squad, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to drop him from the ODI squad for the series against Sri Lanka. He was to make his comeback during this series after being out since September 2022 with a back issue.
Jasprit Bumrah suffered an injury after the tour of England in July 2022 and returning to play a few T20s at home against Australia in September delayed his recovery as he was eventually ruled out of India’s T20 World Cup campaign .
According to the latest report in Times of India, it is being said that the BCCI is in no mood to rush Bumrah into competitive cricket and has made an exception by allowing him to decide his comeback game. It is reported that the administration has been in touch with Bumrah frequently and has assured him that he will not rush.
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“It’s his body and Bumrah is the best judge of it,” said one of TOI’s sources in BCCI. He was named in the squad but it was never imposed on him that he should play this series. But what is left is whether he is ready to go full force in an international match.
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India are scheduled to host Sri Lanka and New Zealand in a bilateral series this month before preparing for the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia. The four-match series starting in February is of utmost importance for the Indian team as they aim to make it to the final of the World Test Championship. India are currently placed second, and at least three wins from four matches will see them make it to the summit clash.
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The source further added, “As things stand now, he has been told that the team needs him for the Test series against Australia at home next month. He has been asked to prepare himself to play at least three Tests against Australia, be available for the World Test Championship final in June if India qualifies and then in India in October-November this year. One Day World Cup. Even a few ODIs before the World Cup could be enough.