Jasprit Bumrah has been struggling with recurring back pain for the past two years.© BCCI
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday shared key medical and fitness updates of five top players, including star fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah. In an official release, the BCCI revealed that Bumrah, who has been struggling with a recurring injury, is in the final stages of rehabilitation and has started bowling in the nets at the National Cricket Academy. Bumrah’s latest medical update is a big boost for the team as India are set to participate in the Asia Cup and ODI World Cup on home soil.
However, former India batsman Wasim Jaffer doubts whether Bumrah can bowl with the same intensity.
“He is a big part of the bowling attack. I feel he will have a very important role in the World Cup. We miss him in the death bowling. We have missed him the whole year. However, he needs to come back to fitness and whether he can bowl at the same pace will be a question mark,” Jaffer said on Geo Cinema.
Jaffer insisted that Bumrah is the backbone of India’s pace attack across formats and his fitness is key to India’s chances at the World Cup.
“Not one, he is very important for all formats. However, keeping the World Cup in mind, he is a very important player. He has won many matches for India in tough conditions. He is also a senior player. Bumrah will continue to be the captain of Pak in the World Cup. So it is imperative that he gets fit,” he added.
Later this year, the ODI World Cup will be held in India in October-November.
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