The next Ireland series will mark the return of star Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah to international cricket. After suffering a stress fracture in his lower back in 2022, the 29-year-old has been out of contention for selection in the Indian team for more than a year.
During this time, he was unable to compete in a number of big events, including the T20I World Cup 2022, the Asia Cup 2022, and the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023.
However, after a lengthy injury layoff, Bumrah is on his way back to the Indian team, having been named for India’s forthcoming three-match T20I series against Ireland.
Notably, Bumrah will captain India in the three-match T20I series and will be eager to maintain his fitness.
Former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath also weighed in on the matter ahead of his return. McGrath discussed Bumrah’s peculiar motion, claiming that it puts a lot of stress on the body, which is bad for a pacer.
“Bumrah is exceptional, and he is unique. The way he bowls, his run-up, and his delivery stride are very unique. But his bowling action and the way he goes about it does put a lot of stress on his body, so he needs to stay strong. If he does that, he can play quite a few years for India,”
Glenn McGrath told Sportstar.
McGrath also discussed the demanding schedule that players must endure in modern-day cricket. According to the former Australian, the ever-changing schedule makes it difficult for players like Bumrah to compete in all formats of the game.
“The current international schedule, the IPL and other T20 tournaments makes it harder for fast bowlers like Bumrah to play in all three formats but some bowlers can do it,”
The 53-year-old said.
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