Jasprit Bumrah, India’s premier fast bowler, has given a strong indication that he is ready to return to international cricket after a long injury layoff. The 29-year-old posted a video of him bowling in the nets at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru with the song ‘I’m Coming Home’ by pop act Diddy-Dirty Money playing in the background. He also tagged the official Instagram page of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the post.
Bumrah has been sidelined from competitive cricket since September 2022 due to a back injury that required surgery. He has been undergoing rehabilitation at the NCA since April this year and has been working hard to regain his fitness and form. The team’s medical staff have reportedly aimed to make sure Bumrah is fit for the 2023 ODI World Cup, which starts in October this year.
Jasprit Bumrah is also widely expected to be part of the Indian squad for their upcoming three-match T20I series in Ireland, which will serve as a warm-up for the World Cup. The series is scheduled to begin on July 27 and will be followed by a three-match ODI series against England.
Bumrah’s return will be a huge boost for India, who have missed his services in several important tournaments and series in the past year. Bumrah, who made his international debut in 2016, has established himself as one of the best fast bowlers in the world across formats. He has taken 83 wickets in 19 Tests, 108 wickets in 67 ODIs and 59 wickets in 50 T20Is. He is known for his ability to bowl yorkers, bouncers and slower balls with accuracy and variation.
Bumrah’s fans and teammates were delighted to see his video and expressed their excitement and support in the comments section. Some of them also used the hashtag #BumrahIsBack to celebrate his comeback. Bumrah will be hoping to make a strong impact in his comeback series and help India win their first World Cup title since 2011.
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