IND vs AUS: Bad news for Indian cricket fans as the country’s premier fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, is likely to miss the entire Test series against Australia. A day after India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, said he was hoping Bumrah could make it for the last 2 Tests, a BCCI official confirmed to InsideSport that it is highly unlikely that Bumrah will be fit in time for the series. Instead, he is likely to make a comeback before IPL 2023.
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Jasprit Bumrah is currently recovering from a lower back stress fracture and was not named for the first two Tests against Australia in Border Gavaskar Trophy. A senior BCCI official stated that it is unlikely that Bumrah will be fully recovered for the Test series against Australia due to the injury.
The official emphasized that Jasprit Bumrah will not be rushed back into play and that the rehabilitation process for back injuries takes time. The official also mentioned that Jasprit Bumrah is currently unfit for selection and it is uncertain how long it will take for him to return to play, suggesting it could take another month or longer.
Bumrah’s absence is a big blow for India as they must win the series 2-0 or 3-1 to qualify for the World Test Championship (WTC) Final in June. The first Test of the series begins on February 9 in Nagpur, with the last two Tests scheduled for the first two weeks of March. Bumrah is a key player for India and his absence will be felt in the team’s performance.
The selectors did not pick Bumrah for the first two Tests against Australia. While he was named for the Sri Lanka ODIs, he was pulled out after he complained of a stiff back. Since then, he is continuing rehab once again.
While he recently returned to bowling at the nets at National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, he is still a month away from regaining 100% match fitness.
India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, also acknowledged that Bumrah’s return is uncertain, as the team management is in communication with the National Cricket Academy and the BCCI medical team to monitor Bumrah’s progress.
Sharma stated that he is uncertain about Bumrah’s availability for the Test series against Australia, but is hopeful that he will play in the last two matches. Sharma emphasized that they do not want to take any risks with Bumrah’s back injury as it is critical, and they have a lot of upcoming cricket.
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Sharma also mentioned that the team management is in constant touch with the National Cricket Academy’s physiotherapists and doctors, and that the medical team will give Jasprit Bumrah as much time as he needs to recover.
Bumrah’s injury is a reminder of the importance of proper rest and rehabilitation for elite athletes. Overuse injuries are a common problem in cricket, and it is essential for players to take time off to recover to prevent long-term damage. In Bumrah’s case, the BCCI has stated that he will only return to play if he is 100% fit.
The Indian cricket team has a busy schedule ahead with the Test series against Australia followed by the T20I and ODI series, and the Indian Premier League (IPL) scheduled for later this year. The BCCI will be looking to manage Bumrah’s injury carefully to ensure that he is fit and available for the upcoming matches.
The Indian cricket team will have to make do without Jasprit Bumrah for the Test series against Australia. His absence will be a significant loss for the team, but they will have to find a way to compensate for it. The BCCI will be monitoring Bumrah’s recovery closely, and