Jasprit Bumrah, who joined the India team after completing his recovery last week, was ruled out of the ODI series versus Sri Lanka on Monday (January 9) due to back tightness.
The 29-year-old hasn’t played since September of last year and will also be absent from the Australia-hosted T20 World Cup in 2022. Before being authorized to resume playing, the bowler would allegedly need to complete another three weeks of rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.
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India Would Not Want To Miss Jasprit Bumrah For 2023 ODI World Cup: Russell Arnold
Arnold discussed Jasprit Bumrah’s omission from the series team and if it was a sensible choice in the long term exclusively on Star Sports show “Cricket Live” before the first ODI in Guwahati.
“Well, you’d like to have him all the time but as we all know, his particular action, though it’s a short run up puts a lot of strain on that body. And hence, he can break down now and again,” Arnold said on Star Sports.
“If your goal is the World Cup, make sure he’s there for that tournament. You missed him at the T20 world cup and you don’t want that happening again.”
While Team India would be eager to have him back in the lineup quickly, former Lanka cricketer Arnold suggested it would be preferable if the Men in Blue had Bumrah prepared for the World Cup later this year as opposed to hurrying him back for other competitions like the current bilateral series.
“And being cautious, making sure exactly that he’s really ripe for this tournament is the way for India to go because when he comes in, it will be massive boost, it’s a massive bonus,” Arnold said.
“Hence, the plans will not be based on him because he can only make the team better, so you’re in a good position even if he’s there or not for these games.”
India Needs To Handle Pressure And Expectations: Rusell Arnold
The former Sri Lanka all-rounder also discussed how crucial series like the India-Sri Lanka ODIs are to help India develop the poise needed to succeed in international competitions.
“Composure it is, when it comes to skill and going above their business, there’s no doubt that this team and these players are incredible. But when it matters to handle that pressure and expectations, it’s amazing how that can wear you down,” Arnold added.
“And that is the problem the Indians are having and we’ve seen that in the last couple of world events. That’s what you need to handle, how you’re going to be able to focus on what needs to be done on that particular day.
“Well it’s a build-up, it’s about trying to hold your thought process together. It will be very different come October, but that’s what they need to hold it together.”
Jasprit Bumrah is anticipated to miss the start of the white-ball series between India and New Zealand on January 18 as well as a portion of the Test series versus Australia.