Jasprit Bumrah bowls full throttle at NCA nets, shows perfect signs ahead of Ireland assignment
Bumrah last played an international game in September 2022 against Australia, and has been out of the team ever since owing to an injury.
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Star India pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who last played an international game almost 11 months ago, is now showing major signs of his national team comeback. Bumrah, on Saturday, August 12, was seen practicing in the nets at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. Notably, a lower-back injury kept the pacer out of the scheme of things for the said period.
Bumrah will soon fly to Ireland for a three-match T20I series against the home team, where he is not only set to lead the bowling line-up but also take command of the team, as the likes of Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma, and Suryakumar Yadav haven't been announced as a part of the squad. The series will also mark his captaincy debut in coloured jersey for the Indian team, as he has previously led the side in the Test format against England.
Seeing Bumrah bowl in such a good flow definitely comes as good news for the cricket fans, as the team has badly missed his services for a prolonged period now. Being a spearhead of the bowling unit, the Ahmedabad-born's form, and rhythm will be key as the Men In Blue also prepare for the upcoming Asia Cup and the all-important ODI World Cup.
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More recently, KL Rahul was also seen practising his wicketkeeping reflexes at the NCA. Rahul, who suffered a lower-hip injury during match no. 43 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League, 2023, is in the final stages of his complete recovery. Speculations regarding Rahul and Shreyas Iyer's comebacks in the Indian team have been surfacing for the past few weeks.
With so many players getting back in absolute shape, the dilemma regarding playing combination for the Indian team may finally be resolved. Thus, it will be interesting to see who are the players that make the final cut ahead of upcoming multinational tournaments.