Jasprit Bumrah has been battling fitness concerns since August last year.
Jasprit Bumrah may be out of IPL 2023 due to fitness.
New Delhi. The fitness of India’s fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah still remains a cause of trouble for Team India and the management. Due to not being able to recover from his injury, Jasprit has been out of all major tournaments and series since last year. Meanwhile, former India opener Aakash Chopra, however, feels that if the 29-year-old pacer is still not 100 per cent fit, then there is no need for him to be a part of the IPL. Because representing India should be a priority.
He is unable to play in the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup last year and now in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy being played in India. However, he was included in India’s ODI squad for a series against Sri Lanka last month, but again pulled out due to back pain. It was expected that he would be able to play in the last two Test matches against Australia, but that too could not happen. Bumrah will not play the ODI series with Australia after the Test series. It is clear that Bumrah is not fully fit and the BCCI does not want to rush his return. The IPL is set to begin on March 31 and it will be interesting to see whether Bumrah will be seen playing for Mumbai Indians in the T20 league?
Akash Chopra said in a conversation with Sportskeeda, “You are an Indian player first and then you play for your franchise. So, if Bumrah feels any discomfort, BCCI will come forward and tell the franchises that we are not going to release him. The world will not end if he does not play seven matches with Jofra Archer.
He further said, “Also when you are fit, you want to keep playing because it makes you better. So I definitely think if BCCI intervenes then Mumbai Indians will look into it because he is a national treasure. Managing things is not as difficult as it seems at the moment.
However, ahead of the IPL, Jasprit Bumrah can find some rhythm by taking part in the Irani Cup, in which last year’s Ranji champions Madhya Pradesh will face Rest of India from March 3. If India qualifies for the ICC World Test Championship final, Bumrah can get back into red-ball mode by participating in county cricket as well. Akash Chopra said, “If he (Bumrah) is fit, he will go and play those matches. But IPL is still a month away and we don’t even know whether he will play all the games or not. The World Test Championship final is three months away. So it is too early to say anything now.
FIRST PUBLISHED : February 22, 2023, 17:05 IST