Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is still not fully recovered from the ‘stress fracture’ on his back, due to this he couldn’t even make it to the Indian squad for the Test series against Australia and now his name is not included in the squad for the ODI series as well. However, things have also come to the fore regarding Bumrah that the fast bowler can make a comeback in the Indian T20 League.
Former Indian cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra gave a big suggestion to the Mumbai-based franchise and said that the world will not end if Bumrah doesn’t play seven games. He even believes that the Indian Cricket Board might step during the cash-rich league to manage Bumrah’s workload and fitness.
“You’re an Indian player first and then you play for your franchise. So, if Bumrah feels any discomfort, the Indian Cricket Board will step in and tell the franchise that we are not going to release him. The world won’t end if he doesn’t play seven games with Jofra Archer,” Chopra told Sportskeeda.
“At the same time, when you’re fit, you want to keep on playing as that only makes you better. So I definitely feel Mumbai will pay heed to it if the Indian Cricket Board steps in because he is a national treasure and things aren’t as difficult to manage as they seem to be at the moment,” he added.
We don’t even know if he will play all games: Aakash Chopra
Bumrah hasn’t played any competitive cricket since September 2022 and will be returning after a long layoff but both the franchise and the bowler will be careful regarding his workload, considering the speedster has been his team’s lead bowler in the last few years. Chopra said Bumrah can play domestic cricket to gain his rhythm back before the major tournaments.
“If he is fit, he will go and play those games (Irani Trophy and County cricket). But the Indian T20 League is still a month away and we don’t even know if he will play all games. The WTC final is three months away. So, it’s too early to say anything.”