Indore. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has warned India against making a quick comeback for Jasprit Bumrah and expressed hope that the fast bowler will be available for the last two Tests against Australia in March after recovering from injury.
Bumrah was set to make a comeback in the ODI series against Sri Lanka earlier this month after suffering a back injury ahead of the 2022 T20 World Cup. The Indian team management is cautious about Bumrah’s fitness ahead of the ODI World Cup to be held in India in October-November this year.
Rohit said after defeating New Zealand 3-0 in the ODI series, “I can’t say anything about Bumrah right now, yes he will not be present in the first two Tests. I am hoping, not hoping but hoping.” We are sure that he will play in the next two Tests, but even then we do not want to take any risk with him. Back injuries are always serious, we will see and monitor. We are in constant touch with the doctors and physios at NCA and we Constantly listening to them.”
Bumrah has been out of action since September last year and was rehabilitating at the National Cricket Academy of the BCCI in Bengaluru. He was advised six weeks of rehab and after that he started training on 25 November while started bowling in NCA from 16 December. But the emergence of a new injury set him back further, putting him in doubt even to play in the Border-Gavaskar series.
Rohit has expressed disappointment over the rhetoric about his recent form in ODI cricket. Rohit scored 101 off 85 balls against New Zealand in Indore, his first ODI century since January 2020. When asked about the three-year gap in ODI centuries, he elaborated that he has played fewer ODIs in the last three years because of the importance given to the 2021 and 2022 T20 World Cups.
Rohit said, “I played only 12 ODIs in three years. Three years sounds like a long time but I played only 12 or 13 ODIs in these years, if I am not mistaken. I know it was shown in the broadcast. But sometimes we need to show the right thing as well. Last year we did not play ODI cricket because there was more focus on T20 cricket. Sometimes we should take care of that, the broadcaster should also show the right thing.
“Did I not understand what you mean by return? You are talking about three years, eight months out of which we were at home because of COVID-19. Where were the matches happening? And last year we played only T20 cricket. T20 There is hardly anyone batting better in cricket than Suryakumar Yadav, he has scored two T20 hundreds, I don’t think anyone else has scored a hundred. In Test cricket I played only two Tests against Sri Lanka. Also I was injured First please check all this and then you can ask me about my form.”
Rohit may not have been able to score big hundreds in ODIs recently but he has scored quick runs in the powerplays, allowing his partners to play comfortably. India’s head coach Rahul Dravid had appreciated his intention ahead of the third ODI.
Dravid had said, “He’s a fantastic cricketer and he really started off with a precocious talent and I remember watching him when he was 17 or 18 in Under-19 cricket and you can see that he is now How different have they been. You can see a lot of young players who are different in U-19 but not all of them really live up to their potential. What Rohit has done in the last 15 years, I His potential seems to have really turned around now and he has been a great servant to Indian cricket and has done really well.”
“Probably as you said the turning point was when ten years ago he got the opportunity to open and really his hallmark has certainly been his performances in ICC tournaments, as we said in 2019, but also when he walks He has the ability to score big runs as well. Someone who has three double centuries in ODIs is really a big achievement for him.”
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