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Jasprit Bumrah likely to return for New Zealand tour

The pacer is recovering from a stress fracture on his lower back.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Jasprit Bumrah, the Indian fast bowler, is most likely to make a comeback in the tour of New Zealand early in 2020. India’s journey on the land of Kiwis get underway on January 24 and will end with the second Test starting February 29. As far as Bumrah is concerned, he is currently recovering from a stress fracture on his lower back that he developed prior to the home series against South Africa.

The speedster has missed the Bangladesh T20Is and Tests and is now set to miss the home series against the West Indies as well. Regarding his return, MSK Prasad, the national chief selector, stated that the BCCI is awaiting a report and Bumrah can’t return before next month. However, he sounded pretty confident that the pacer can get in full flow for the series versus the Black Caps.

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BCCI waiting for a report on Jasprit Bumrah

“He (Bumrah) is gradually getting back to full fitness, though we need to hear from the people working on his recovery. His return cannot be before next month as we are still waiting for a report on him. But of course, he is expected to be back for the New Zealand series,” Prasad was quoted as saying in The Telegraph.

Umesh Yadav came in place of Bumrah in the Proteas series and has done an excellent job for the national team. The current pace trio of Umesh, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami is deemed to be one of the most lethal pace attacks India have ever had. At least in the five Tests at home, India haven’t missed Bumrah much due to the sheer dominance of the fast bowling troika.

Quite rightly, Prasad hailed the current pace attack as one of the best in the glorious Indian cricketing history. “I think this is one of the all-time best seam attacks in the history of Indian cricket,” Prasad, also a former Indian cricketer, added.

Shami, Ishant and Umesh picked up 19 wickets in the historic pink-ball Test against Bangladesh at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Ishant was adjudged the Player of the Match and the Series after he picked up nine wickets in the last game that also included a five-wicket haul.

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