IND vs AUS: Jasprit Bumrah likely to return for Second T20I

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IND vs AUS: Jasprit Bumrah likely to return for Second T20I

Team India has been going through topsy-turvy times for the last few months. They were first knocked out from the Asia Cup 2022 & further suffered another defeat at the hands of Australia in the first T20I of the three-match home T20I series held in Mohali on Tuesday. India’s pace attack looked toothless in front of mighty Australians & to bolster the bowling line-up, the management is planning to bring Jasprit Bumrah back into the playing XI for the second T20I match against Australia on 23rd September.

Jasprit Bumrah has been out of action since July 14, when he played an ODI against England. Though he has been named in the T20 World Cup squad, he was kept out of the Playing XI in the first T20I against Australia in Mohali on Tuesday (September 20). His absence in the first T20I created a stir as speculations were made that Bumrah hasn’t recovered fully from the back injury which has kept him out of action for the last two months.

However, it was learned that there were no such concerns & the only reason to keep him out of the first T20I was that management didn’t want to rush him into action straightaway after recovering from an injury. But as per the sources, it’s almost confirmed that Bumrah will be seen in action in the second T20I on Friday 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 net sessions conducted at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur on Wednesday as the team traveled from Mohali to Nagpur. Most likely if Bumrah walks into the Playing XI, Umesh Yadav may have to make a way for him despite the fact that Nagpur stadium is his home ground.

Hardik Pandya speaks about Bumrah’s importance in the National Set-up

Hardik Pandya India’s sensational all-rounder opened up about Jasprit Bumrah’s importance in the Indian team & his comeback from an injury.

“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 Bumrah 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,” said the India all-rounder after the first game in Mohali, where India failed to defend a total of 208.

Australia & India will lock horns with each other in the second T20I of the three-match T20I series on Friday in Nagpur. Currently, Australia is trailing the series by 1-0 after winning the first T20I by four wickets.

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