After an arduous year of battling injuries and setbacks, Jasprit Bumrah, the pace sensation of Indian cricket, is poised to make a highly anticipated comeback to the international arena. India is all set to take on Ireland in a three-match bilateral T20I series, commencing on Friday, 18 August. Bumrah’s return carries added significance as he will don the captain’s armband, steering the side after a prolonged absence from the game.
The past year has been one of frustration and resilience for Bumrah, as he navigated through an intricate web of challenges. The pace spearhead missed pivotal tournaments including the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 and the World Test Championship final, a blow that has only fueled his determination to return stronger than ever. Bumrah’s comeback brings a sigh of relief to fans and team alike, as he has confirmed his readiness to bowl at full intensity, dispelling any concerns about his physical condition in the run-up to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup slated for October-November.
I’m happy to be back. I’m working hard and my body is good nowJasprit Bumrah
Addressing the media before the opening T20I match against Ireland, Bumrah shared, “You have to respect your body and give it time to recover. But what it does is makes you hungry… I’m not holding back. I have had many net sessions. Not just at NCA even back home with the Gujarat team. I have no restrictions. The body feels good.”
Bumrah’s recovery journey has been a testament to his positivity and determination. Emphasizing his mindset during the rehabilitation period, he stated, “When your injury takes it becomes frustrating at times. But instead of having self-doubts and thinking that I won’t be able to come back… I respected my body. I never thought that my dark days are over or I will not be able to come back because I never thought about the future. I was looking for solutions and once the solution came, I was feeling very good that I will come back and that I will work my way up.”
While Bumrah’s return undoubtedly marks a momentous occasion, he remains grounded and cautious about the expectations surrounding his comeback. When queried about the remarks made by Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid on his absence, Bumrah expressed his balanced approach, asserting, “I respect their opinion but irrespective of whether they are good or bad, I don’t take anyone’s opinion seriously… I am coming back after a long time, I want to enjoy it now. I’m not thinking that I have to contribute a lot or I will change everything… My job is to enjoy the game, to prepare the best I can and to keep my best foot forward.”