As fans prepare for an intriguing three-match T20I series between India and Ireland from August 18 to 23, all eyes will be on Jasprit Bumrah, who is not only returning from a year-long injury sabbatical but also taking up the leadership for the first time in T20Is.
The excitement around Bumrah’s return is palpable, as the pacer has been sidelined for a lengthy time owing to a back issue.
The series against Ireland is crucial not only for his long-awaited return, but also for demonstrating his leadership abilities. Former Indian batsman Robin Uthappa shared his thoughts on the subject in a recent conversation.
“He has got leadership skills and he could go on to become our Test captain, too, because he is a pretty shrewd strategist as well. It will be interesting to see how he’ll go about it,”
Uthappa said in a conversation with Jio Cinema.
Given his role as a speed bowler, Bumrah’s appointment as T20I captain is an unusual choice by the team management. He will be the 11th Indian skipper to captain the side in T20Is, and the first pacer to do so.
This choice demonstrates the management’s confidence in his ability to not only lead but also make a successful recovery.
The stakes are high for Bumrah, as his performance and fitness in this series could affect his participation in the forthcoming Asia Cup and ICC ODI World Cup.
With the Asia Cup starting on August 30 and the World Cup starting on October 5, India’s prospects are heavily reliant on him.
Robin Uthappa, echoing the concerns of Indian fans, emphasised the significance of Bumrah’s fitness and match practise prior to the World Cup.
“I expect Bumrah to go injury-free this series and stay completely healthy. He should just feel like himself again and that would augur really well for the Indian team.”
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