When India plays Ireland in a three-game T20I series starting on Friday, August 18, Jasprit Bumrah will return after being hurt for almost a year. Bumrah will also have to lead the team as captain when he gets back after a long and frustrating trip over the past year.
Bumrah isn’t expecting much from his long-awaited return!
Aside from a few bilateral games, the pace leader missed important events like the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 and the World Test Championship final. Bumrah is back now and has confirmed that he has no restrictions and can bowl at full speed, which is great news for fans before the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in October and November.
“You have to respect your body and give it time to recover. But what it does is makes you hungry,” he said in a press conference ahead of the first T20I against Ireland.
“I understood the moment my body recovered, I could do that little bit extra. I’m not holding back. I have had many net sessions. Not just at NCA even back home with the Gujarat team. I have no restrictions. The body feels good.”
Bumrah stressed that he remained positive throughout the rehabilitation period and was confident of coming back strong.
“Also, I respected my body. Plus, I never thought that my dark days are over or I will not be able to come back because I never thought about the future. So, I was looking for solutions and once the solution came. Thus, I was feeling very good that I will come back and that I will work my way up.”
“I don’t want to put myself under pressure. I don’t put unnecessary expectations on me. Plus, I am returning after a long time, I want to enjoy it now. So, I do not think that I have to contribute a lot or I will change everything.