The 29-year-old India National Cricket Team premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah is all set to miss the upcoming 6-match limited-overs series against the New Zealand National Cricket Team and he is also doubtful for the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 against the Australia National Cricket Team, which is set to commence on February 9 in Nagpur, according to a report published in ESPNcricinfo.
The ODIs between India and New Zealand will be played on January 18, 21 and 24 in Hyderabad, Raipur and Indore respectively. While, the T20Is will be played on January 27, 29 and February 1 in Ranchi, Lucknow and Ahmedabad respectively.
Jasprit Bumrah has been out of cricketing action since September 2022 due stress reaction in his back. He was a late inclusion in the ODI squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka, but on Monday, a day before the commencement of the series, the BCCI announced that the pacer has been ruled out of the matches and he “will need some more time to build bowling resilience”.
“Team India pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the upcoming 3-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. Bumrah, who was set to join the team in Guwahati ahead of the ODI series, will need some more time to build bowling resilience. This decision has been taken as a precautionary measure,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in an official media release.
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“Jasprit Bumrah might need another month to build up to match fitness” – Report
As per ESPNcricinfo, Jasprit Bumrah “might need another month to build up to match fitness”, which is why he is doubtful for the Test series opener against Australia National Cricket Team.
Notably, Bumrah missed the Asia Cup 2022 due to a back injury and then returned to the squad for the home series against Australia. He featured in two matches in the series against Australia and was set to play the subsequent T20I series against South Africa. However, ahead of the series against the Proteas, Jasprit Bumrah got ruled out for an indefinite period of time with a back injury.
Now, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selectors don’t want to rush him back. Originally, the plan was made for the pace spearhead to undergo match-simulation workloads at the NCA in Bengaluru before making his comeback to top-level cricket and he passed that test in Bengaluru.
However, when he took on similar workloads on consecutive days in Mumbai, he felt stiffness in his side, as per ESPNcricinfo. Jasprit Bumrah will now rest and rehab with an aim to be ready to join India’s preparatory camp, which is set to begin on February 1, for a very important Test series against Australia.