Jasprit Bumrah is expected to make his much-anticipated return to international cricket after being sidelined due to a back injury for nearly a year. According to reports, the Indian pacer is likely to feature in the upcoming T20I series against Ireland.

Bumrah’s presence will be a major boost for the Indian cricket team, considering his crucial role in the bowling attack. His return comes at a crucial time, with the ODI World Cup just around the corner, and his participation in the series against Ireland will be instrumental in India’s preparation and chances for success in the prestigious tournament. India will begin their World Cup campaign against Australia on October 8 in Chennai.

India captain Rohit Sharma shared a fresh update on Bumrah’s recovery during a press conference ahead of the first ODI against West Indies. While he highlighted the importance of Bumrah’s experience, he also emphasised the need for cautiousness given the nature of his injury. Match fitness is a crucial component for a player returning from a serious injury, and the team management will monitor Bumrah’s progress closely before making any decisions.

“The amount of experience he (Bumrah) brings is very important. Right now he’s coming from a serious injury and I’ve no idea if he’ll travel to Ireland because the team hasn’t been announced yet,” said Rohit.

“If he gets to play then it’s good and we hope he plays before the World Cup. When a player returns from a serious injury, match fitness, match feeling are some key components, which are missing. We’ll see what has been planned and everything depends on his recovery. We are in constant touch with the NCA and things look positive at the moment.”

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) provided a medical and fitness update on Bumrah’s rehabilitation process on July 21. The fast bowler is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. The BCCI mentioned that Bumrah is in the final stages of his rehab and is bowling with full intensity in the nets.

To further gauge his readiness, the NCA will organise practice games, and the BCCI Medical Team will assess him after these matches before making the final call on his return to international cricket.