It is a return that every Indian cricket team had been waiting for since almost one year. When Jasprit Bumrah comes out for the toss in the first T20I against Ireland, he will not only become the first Indian bowler to lead the T20I side but will also offer hope for the Team ahead of the Asia Cup 2023 and the World Cup 2023. The last time Bumrah played for India, it was over 300 days ago. Since then lower-back stress fractures pushed him on the sidelines for the “biggest break” of his cricketing career,
After spending 11 months away from the game, a fit-again Jasprit Bumrah is back hungrier than ever and says he is ready to bowl long spells for India in the Asia Cup and subsequent ODI World Cup at home. In Ireland, he will be required to bowl four overs per game but speaking ahead of the first T20 on Friday, the star pacer said the plan was always to prepare for 50-over events including the Asia Cup beginning August 31 and the World Cup at home beginning October 5.
“We were mindful of the fact there is no Test cricket till the ODI World Cup. In my rehab as well, I was not preparing for a T20 game. I was always preparing for the World Cup competition,” said Bumrah.
“I have been bowling 10, 12 and even 15 overs. So I have bowled more overs, that way it becomes easier when less bowling is required. We kept that in mind that we are preparing for one-day competition and not a four-over competition.
“I have lots of overs under my belt. You have to keep working your way up. From where you left, you are are little down and you keep working your way up,” Bumrah, who will captain India in the three T20s against Ireland, told reporters.
Bumrah said he is not holding back in the training sessions, as it was the case in the opening nets here on Thursday. A fully-fit Bumrah is a precious asset for India but the 29-year-old is not going to get expectations get the better of him.
“I don’t really think about expectations. I just want to go enjoy the game as I have come after a long break. Never been away from the game this long. I am coming back to enjoy as I love this game.
“I am just the same guy (that I was 11 months ago). I always had a lot of belief. I understand I am coming back after a long lay off. I am very happy to be back. Been working really hard at the NCA. It has been a long road. The body feels good and looking forward to some game time,” he said.
With PTI inputs
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