India’s star fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, is expected to follow in the footsteps of teammate Ravindra Jadeja and return to the Indian national team. However, Bumrah is still far from achieving full fitness and will continue his rehabilitation before undergoing a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). If he passes the test, he will play in domestic matches before potentially rejoining the India team during the series against Australia. It should be noted that Bumrah has not been named in the squad for the first two Tests.
According to a senior BCCI official, “He is making progress but he is far from 100%. He needs another 2 weeks of rehab before making a return to competitive cricket. If everything goes well, he may play in the domestic before returning to the Test series. But it depends on the selectors and his condition.”
The situation for the Mumbai Indians player is uncertain, as Bumrah had been on the road to recovery from a back injury. However, while bowling at the NCA, he experienced discomfort in his back again and was ruled out of the Sri Lanka series. He will need to continue his rehab to regain full fitness.
With the World Cup only 10 months away and being held in India, the BCCI is taking a cautious approach with Bumrah’s injury. “We cannot take any chance when it comes to players’ injuries. We already paid the price for a rushed return and he missed the T20 World Cup. He will only return when he is completely fit as he is crucial to our plans in the World Cup. As for domestic, it is a good practice ground for all cricketers before going directly to international cricket,” the official stated.