Jasprit Bumrah is all set for some vital match time as the India spearhead is likely to be drafted into the Playing XI for the second T20I against Australia. Bumrah (28) has been out of action since July 14, when he was involved in an ODI against England. Although back in the mix for the World Cup, he was surprisingly kept out of the XI in the first T20I against Australia in Mohali on Tuesday (September 20).
His absence has led to some whispers if the pacer has recovered enough from the back injury that has kept him out of action for the last two months. But it is learnt that there were no concerns as such and the only reason he did not play the first game was because the team management did not want to rush him into action straightaway after a return from an injury lay-off. He is now set to be included in the XI for the second T20I on Friday (September 23) in Nagpur.
“The team management did not want to rush him and that is the reason for his absence in the Mohali game,” said a source in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), well conversant with the development. “He has been bowling full blast at the nets and he is ready for action,” the source further said. There were no nets at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur on Wednesday as it was a travel day for the side. Should Bumrah be in the XI, Umesh Yadav may have to make way despite the fact that the Nagpur stadium is his home ground.
Hardik Pandya threw some light into the team’s thinking and approach towards Bumrah. “We all know what he brings to the side and how important he is for us. Obviously there will be concerns here and there, which is fine. We got to trust our boys, whoever gets the opportunities. These are the best 15 people you have in the country and that is why they are there in the squad.
“So Jasprit not being there obviously makes a big difference. Even if he is not there, (and as) he is coming back after an injury, it is important for him to get enough time to kind of come back. Maybe (he should) not put pressure on himself in whichever game he comes back and plays,” said the India all-rounder after the first game in Mohali, where India failed to defend a sizable total of 208.