Jasprit Bumrah’s ODI World Cup Journey Begins with NCA Training


Indian fans were disappointed to see Jasprit Bumrah absent during the World Test Championship (WTC) final, which resulted in a 209-run loss to Australia. Jasprit Bumrah’s last match for India was in September 2022, followed by back surgery in March. However, there is good news as the fast bowler is currently undergoing recovery at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.

According to reports, Bumrah has begun bowling in the nets at the NCA and is expected to participate in practice matches next month. This development brings relief to Indian fans with just 100 days remaining for the ODI World Cup, which will be hosted exclusively in India for the first time. Sources indicate that Bumrah is bowling around seven overs in the nets and is progressing well in his rehabilitation. After participating in a few practice games at the NCA, his fitness will be evaluated.

Jasprit should not be hurried: Ramji Srinivasan

Ramji Srinivasan, the former strength and conditioning coach of team India, advised against hastening Jasprit Bumrah’s return to the national side. Bumrah made an attempt to come back during the ODI series against Sri Lanka in January. But experienced back pain after bowling only three overs in the nets and was subsequently dropped from the squad.

“He is India’s premier bowler. So, he should take ample time to be ready. Playing practice matches at the NCA is a good step. As it will help tune his body to the demands of a match. But he should play in some actual (domestic) matches before bringing him to top-level cricket,”

Srinivasan said.

“The demands of international cricket are different, and the body should be absolutely ready to take that amount of workload. Recovering from a stress fracture is a delicate exercise, and Bumrah should be allowed maximum recovery time,”

he further added.

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