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Jasprit Bumrah 2.0: A Return to the Place Where It All Began

<p>The last time Jasprit Bumrah was seen out in the dazzling whites was in July 2022. The seamer was wearing the captain’s armband for the delayed fifth Test of India’s 2021 tour of England since Rohit Sharma had tested positive for COVID-19 before the series’ final and fifth Test.</p>
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<p>England was able to tie the series 2-2 after India lost the match by seven wickets. Bumrah finished the trip with 23 wickets, making him the Indian team’s player of the series. It was a memorable one for him. He would have had very little idea at the time about what was ahead.</p>
<p>He had to have surgery in March 2023 due to a stress fracture that was discovered to be the cause of his recurring back issues, which caused him to miss a number of cricket matches, including the 2022 T20 World Cup. The speedster missed several important matches across formats between the England Test and the operation, raising serious doubts about his ability to play competitive cricket again.</p>
<p>The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the National Cricket Academy (NCA) chose the lengthy and patient way, bearing his lifespan in mind, after the previous frantic efforts to hurry him back to play failed. The objective was to qualify for the 2023 World Cup; the T20I series in Ireland served as a transitional ground for him before the 50-over grind of the Asia Cup and the World Cup.</p>
<p>A fully motivated and healthy Bumrah was on display in both multi-nation events, and the management and BCCI would have been relieved to watch the seamer do what he does best: fool the hitters with his arsenal of tricks.</p>
<p><strong>Bumrah 2.0</strong></p>
<p>The matches would have been very beneficial for Bumrah’s confidence as well as the management since India is in dire need of their best seamer being in peak condition for the difficult away assignments during the World Test Championship cycle (2023–2025).</p>
<p>The 30-year-old, who did not play in the away series against the West Indies, will spearhead the attack and serve as vice-captain in the two-Test series that begins on Boxing Day against South Africa.</p>
<p>In order to alter that, Bumrah must be playing at full capacity. India has yet to win a Test series in this region of the globe. This is a familiar playground for the cunning seamer. His red-ball tale began in South Africa back in 2018, and he returns in 2023 to continue his trip in whites after going through his fair share of highs and lows.</p>
<p>“Don’t let him go in India.”</p>
<p>When Bumrah first joined the Mumbai Indians in the IPL and later on the Indian cricket squad, he was more of a white-ball specialist. It was a daring decision by captain Virat Kohli and then-coach Ravi Shastri to “unleash” him in the longer forms after they saw his consistency in the limited-overs game. Shastri discussed the concept with Kohli well in advance of the 2018 South Africa series, and he instructed the selectors to play Bumrah in the Cape Town Test.</p>
<p>“Nobody thought Jasprit Bumrah was capable of playing Test cricket.” He bowled white balls. However, I questioned myself, “How do I take 20 wickets overseas?” when I took over as coach.</p>
<p>My extensive experience playing Test cricket against the West Indies meant that I knew I needed four outstanding fast bowlers. In 2018, it began in South Africa, where we ended up losing that incredible series 2-1. In the first Test in Cape Town, I wanted to let Bumrah go. I warned the selectors not to unleash him in India after discussing the concept with Virat a few months before. He shouldn’t play Test cricket before Cape Town, in my opinion. It was three years before that. In 24 Test matches since then, he has claimed 101 wickets. In September 2021, former coach Shastri said, “It’s amazing,” in an interview with The Guardian.</p>
<p>A cliche that is overdone a lot, but Bumrah, the red-ball bowler, hasn’t looked back since. During his two previous tours to the rainbow country, the seamer had relished bowling in South Africa, where he took 128 wickets at an incredible average of 21.99 in 30 Test matches. The right-arm fast has taken 26 wickets in six games against South Africa, including two five-wicket innings.</p>
<p>Similar to his 2018 Cape Town Test debut, India will be counting on Bumrah to shatter the opposition’s batting line, as he did in the game’s second innings. In the second essay, Bumrah went through the Proteas middle-order, taking wickets of Quinton de Kock, Faf Du Plessis, and the much sought-after AB de Villiers, who had been his lone victim in the first innings.</p>
<p>India discovered a diamond even though they lost the game.</p>
<p>Now that he’s back in the format after a protracted layoff, both club management and fans are hoping for his best comeback.</p>

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