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Is Bumrah Ready To Link Up With The Men In Blue?

Last week the BCCI threw the first hints of Jasprit Bumrah’s return to international cricket.  With the ICC World Cup set to start for India (against Australia) on October 9 in Chennai,  the medical team monitoring the fast bowler’s rehabilitation has been cautious, giving him the leeway to regain fitness and avoid a breakdown. Bumrah has been out of action since September 2022, with a nagging back-related ailment forcing him to go under the knife.  Easily Bumrah has been India’s successful fast bowler in the last seven and a half years — he has taken 319 wickets in 1893 overs across formats including 121 scalps in 72 ODI matches. The Indian team led by Rohit Sharma is now accustomed to taking the field without the speedster with an awkward action. Still, Sharma and his team would be the happiest should Bumrah be declared fit for any form of white ball cricket after the series in the West Indies. According to the BCCI, Bumrah is in the final stages of rehab and is bowling with full intensity in the nets at the National Cricket Academy. There is speculation that Bumrah may be chosen for the three-match Twenty20 series in Ireland in mid-August. Once he clears this Ireland hurdle without stress and anxiety, he may be picked for the three-match ODI series against Australia before the World Cup. In Ireland, he will have to bowl four overs in a match, in the World Cup it will be 10 overs.