Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rinku Singhand Jitesh Sharma are among the many Gen-Next IPL stars in the squad, but many in Indian cricket will be keeping a close eye on Bumrah as he will be instrumental to the home team’s strategy during the ODI World Cupwhich starts in less than two months.
After undergoing surgery to repair fractures sustained during a home series against Australia ahead of the T20 World Cup last year, the 29-year-old Bumrah is back.
Despite playing just 12 overs over three matches in five days, this series will give chairman of selectors Ajit Agarkar, ODI captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid a good feel for Gujarat. gym slinger’s match.
However, in 50-over cricket, he has to bowl 10 overs over the course of two, three or possibly four overs.
BCCI released the bowling video of Bumrah on its official social media account. It showed him hastily bowling a right-hander with a disguised short ball and then almost making a left-hander with a finger-splitter.
However, the match conditions would be quite different and both Dravid and Rohit have already burnt their hands rushing him ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia last year.
The results were terrible. This was the last series in which Bumrah participated before the longest break of his seven-year international career.
Earlier this year, Bumrah was picked for a home series but had to pull out at the last minute due to surgery to treat a potentially career-ending ailment.
Bumrah will benefit from the Ireland series by putting more mileage on his legs and preparing for the Asia Cup when he will face the likes of Babar Azam up front on September 2.
Although they are yet to win a game against India, Ireland, captained by Andrew Balbirnie and with supporting players such as Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker and left-arm spinner George Dockrell, are a strong side in the shortest format.
Josh Little, their left back, was a key member of the Gujarat Titans side last season and would welcome the opportunity to showcase his skills against an Indian side full of talent.
With the exception of Bumrah and Sanju Samson, everyone in this Indian squad will be gunning for a gold medal at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, so the core group will want to make the most of the three T20 internationals.
Sanju Samson is the only player whose condition will undoubtedly be looked into. Unless coach Sitanshu Kotak gets a standing order from the first-team management to play the Kerala player before the Asia Cup, he is unlikely to make the starting line-up.
Jitesh and Rinku, two exciting IPL finds, are expected to get the T20 India caps, while Shivam Dube he will be eager for a second chance.
Similar to Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna is also returning to competitive cricket. The Bengaluru fast bowler was a sure thing for the ODI squad before he suffered a stress fracture in his lower back that also required surgery.
Before taking the final decision on the Asia Cup selection, the selectors are expected to check Krishna’s performance. The lineup is expected to be announced by the end of this week.
It will be interesting to observe how the team management and players balance the goals of the team with those of individual players while keeping the big picture in mind.
India: Jasprit Bumrah (C), Ruturaj Gaikwad (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak VarmaRinku Singh, Sanju Samson (wk), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Ravi Bishnoi, Prasidh Krishna, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan.
Ireland: Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ross Adair, Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Fionn Hand, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Ben White, Craig Young, Theo van Weorkom.
(With PTI inputs)
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