Jasprit Bumrah, the talismanic fast bowler, is set to make a triumphant return to international cricket, adorned in the Indian colors. As a testament to his exceptional talent and leadership qualities, Bumrah has been appointed as the captain of the Indian cricket team for the three-match T20I series in Ireland, which is scheduled to commence on August 18.
It is worth noting that this is not his first stint as captain. Bumrah’s previous experience as a leader came during the one-off Test match last summer in England.
Jasprit Bumrah’s Battle with Recurring Back Injury: A Timeline of His Absence from International Cricket
Jasprit Bumrah, the illustrious right-arm pacer, has been grappling with a persistent back injury that has kept him away from international cricket since September 2022. The injury first surfaced during the India tour of England in July 2022 and resurfaced during the T20I bilateral series against Australia at home later in the same year.
Jasprit Bumrah’s recurring back pain has dealt a significant blow to his international cricketing career, causing him to miss out on several prestigious tournaments and matches. Following complaints of back pain ahead of the India-South Africa series, the renowned fast bowler has been unable to participate in competitive cricket, including the T20 World Cup in Australia, IPL 2023, and the recent World Test Championship Final.
Jasprit Bumrah’s road to recovery has been closely monitored at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The 29-year-old pace spearhead has been undergoing rigorous assessment and rehabilitation at the NCA, leading the BCCI to express confidence in his readiness to play a pivotal role in India’s white-ball team for the upcoming Asia Cup and the ODI World Cup, both to be hosted at home.
Prasidh Krishna Returns to the Indian Squad: A Key Addition for Upcoming Campaigns
In a notable development, Prasidh Krishna has made a comeback to the Indian squad, marking his return to international cricket. The talented fast bowler last donned the Indian jersey during the ODI series against Zimbabwe last year. With his inclusion in the squad, Krishna adds depth and potency to India’s pace bowling arsenal.
India vs Ireland T20I Series Schedule
1st T20I: August 18, Malahide
The action kicks off with the 1st T20I at the picturesque Malahide Cricket Club Ground in Ireland. Cricket fans around the world eagerly anticipate the return of Jasprit Bumrah as he leads the Indian side in this high-stakes encounter. Both teams will be aiming to set the tone for the series with a strong performance in the opening match.
2nd T20I: August 20, Malahide
The second T20I, again at Malahide, promises to be an exciting contest as the teams battle it out for supremacy. Players from both sides will be eager to capitalize on the momentum gained from the first match and secure a crucial win. Fans can expect to witness nail-biting moments and exhilarating cricketing action.
3rd T20I: August 23, Malahide
The series culminates with the third and final T20I, which could be a decider if the teams are evenly matched. As the tour nears its conclusion, the stakes will be higher than ever, making the last match a must-watch for cricket enthusiasts. With players showcasing their skills in this thrilling encounter, the contest is set to leave a lasting impact.
India Squad for Ireland T20I Series:
Jasprit Bumrah (C), Ruturaj Gaikwad (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Sanju Samson (wk), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Ravi Bishnoi, Prasidh Krishna, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan.