Jasprit Bumrah is likely to miss the T20 World Cup with a ‘back stress fracture’. He is widely regarded as one of the most dangerous bowlers in modern cricket and his absence will be a severe blow to India’s chances in the World Cup. The Rohit Sharma-led Indian team is already without Ravindra Jadeja in the tournament.
The 28-year-old, who sustained a back injury during the England tour, has been ruled out of the 2022 Asia Cup. He returned from injury and played two matches against Australia before missing the first T20I against South Africa. He has been ruled out of the three-match T20i series against South Africa due to injury.
Former India batsman Wasim Jaffer in a discussion on ESPNCricinfo was asked if the break would affect the pacer’s rhythm and whether he would take longer to get into his usual groove. He recalls a conversation with his former teammate and Mumbai Indians director of cricket Zaheer Khan.
Zaheer Khan Played Four Months Of Non-stop Cricket – Wasim Jaffer
Jaffer said that Zaheer’s resurgence happened when he played non-stop for four months in 2006 County and a break means, starting all over again which can take time.
“Absolutely. I’ve spoken to Zaheer as I’m pretty close to him. When he played for Worcestershire, he played literally four months of non-stop cricket. That’s how Zaheer Khan’s resurgence happened, post the 2006 season. That’s what he told me, if he plays consistently and bowls a lot of overs, he feels in rhythm and his body feels good. The moment he feels there’s a break, it takes him a while to get back to shape again,” Jaffer said.
“Most bowlers want it that way. If they are on the field, they are playing, there are raring to go. The moment a break happens, you have to start over. That’s why I’m pretty sure Bumrah probably pushed himself to be ready for the T20 World Cup,” said the former India opener.