Team India’s tearaway pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who will miss major tournaments this year, will undergo surgery on March 31. Bumrah will miss the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he plays for the Mumbai Indians. Recent reports say that as his recovery period will be between 20 to 24 weeks, he will miss the World Test Championship (WTC) final as well if Team India qualifies.
“The immediate implication is that he could be out of action till September, missing the IPL and the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) in London, should India qualify, in the process. Bumrah has been out of action for the last five months,” the report on the Cricbuzz website stated.
Bumrah has been out of action since last year’s Asia Cup and went on to miss the 2022 T20 World Cup as well. Although India’s pace department, to some extent, did brilliantly in white-ball cricket, Bumrah’s being a crucial asset cannot be questioned. Indian cricket fraternity will hope for Bumrah’s hundred percent fitness before the ICC ODI World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in India in October-November.
BCCI appointed Rowan Schouten as Jasprit Bumrah’s surgeon
For Bumrah’s surgery, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the National Cricket Academy (NCA) have appointed a surgeon, Rowan Schouten, who is based in New Zealand. He has treated England’s star speedster Jofra Archer as well. Bumrah will undergo the surgery in Auckland as soon as possible.
Rowan has worked with renowned surgeon Grahame Inglis, who treated a few Kiwi players as well, including Mumbai Indians’ current bowling coach Shane Bond. Schouten has also assisted Inglis in the surgery of Australian pacers James Pattinson, Ben Dwarshuis, and Jason Behrendorff.
“The current priority of the BCCI management is to get him ready for the World Cup in October-November,” the report read. As the 29-year-old will take a long break from cricket, he can miss the 2023 Aisa Cup as well.
Bumrah’s unavailability is a huge blow for the five-time champions Mumbai Indians. MI had a horrible season last year, where they ended up at the bottom of the points table, and are looking forward to a fresh start. Bumrah was expected to form a deadly pair with Jofra Archer, who missed the last season due to injury. In 120 IPL matches, Bumrah has bagged 145 wickets at an average of 23.3.
Gouri Das is a cricket writer at FirstSportz. Despite always being a sporty kid, she disliked being inactive in one place for a long time to watch a match. But after the Ind vs Pak match of the 2016 Asia Cup, she rather got glued to the TV screen. That year she watched the major cricket tournaments, WWE matches, and the Olympics (especially Usain Bolt's races). After reading about the big names in tennis and becoming an ardent follower, she dreams of visiting Wimbledon one day.
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