Jaspreet Burma’s absence from the national team has hurt India a lot over the past year, especially in big events. Had the pacer been part of the squad in the Asia Cup, T20 World Cup and World Test Championship, India’s campaign would have ended very differently. While this year’s Asia Cup looks like a possible comeback for the marquee pacer, a report claims that the ace bowler could wear the national team jersey before too long.
According to a report Indian Express, Bumran could be part of the Indian squad for the Ireland tour. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to send the second tier Indian team to Ireland. With Bumrah making significant progress at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, Bumrah is likely to make the trip for the series in August as well.
A PTI report had revealed last month that Buma has started bowling in the NCA and will start playing some practice matches soon.
“For an injury like this, it is not wise to set a timeline as it requires constant monitoring. But let’s say Bumrah is on the mend and has bowled seven overs at the NCA nets. This is a gradual increase in his workload. From light workouts and bowling sessions in the initial period, he will play a few practice matches (in the NCA) next month. , then his fitness will be assessed next,” a source tracking the development told PTI.
Team India’s former strength and conditioning coach Ramji Srinivasan said that utmost care should be taken while bringing Bumrah back.
“He should not rush. Playing practice matches in NCA is a good step as it will help tune his body to the demands of a match. But before he can be put on top, he should be forced to play some real (domestic) matches at level cricket,” Ramji said.
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