Two Exciting Indian Cricketers Prepare for Comeback
By Suresh Menon, Sports Writer | 21 August 2023
Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah Return to Cricket
Two players who made their international debut within a year of each other quickly became India’s most exciting cricketers. With his fearless strokeplay, Rishabh Pant became the darling of spectators around the world. With his unorthodox action, pace and control, Jasprit Bumrah quickly became the spearhead of India’s bowling attack. Now both are on the comeback trail.
Pant’s Rehabilitation Ahead of Schedule
- Rishabh Pant, 25, was involved in a horrific car accident in December last year.
- His rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy is “ahead of the curve”.
- Pant recently batted and kept wickets, showing promising progress.
Bumrah Returns as Captain and Spearhead
- Jasprit Bumrah, 29, returned to cricket after a year-long back injury.
- He made his comeback in the series against Ireland and bowled well within his limits.
- Currently, the focus of the Indian team is on white ball cricket with upcoming tournaments like the Asia Cup and the World Cup in October.
The Importance of Rest and Rehabilitation
Former chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma revealed that Bumrah might have been played too early following his injury, which cost Sharma his job. This incident emphasises the need for proper rest and rehabilitation and the importance of listening to your body. Ignoring medical advice can prove costly, especially for senior cricketers.
Bumrah’s Dramatic Return
Bumrah’s return against Ireland was dramatic, with two wickets in his first over. Despite bowling at a controlled pace, Bumrah showcased his skill and control. He received the Person of the Match award for his impactful return to the game.
The Risk of Premature Returns
Bumrah’s premature return against Australia, which ruled him out of the T20 World Cup last year, is fresh in everybody’s mind. Top players often take risks, preferring to play rather than rest. However, performances at less than optimal fitness can lead to some of the sport’s most inspiring stories.
Managing Bumrah’s Career
Bumrah’s unorthodox bowling action puts strain on his back, indicating a need to compromise his pace as his career progresses. His bag of tricks includes yorkers, slower deliveries, seamers, cutters, and the odd blinder. As a wicket-taking bowler, Bumrah is valuable to the Indian team. Therefore, he must be handled with care, both in terms of selection and on-field management. It is crucial to avoid overbowling him and to give him necessary rest between matches.
Bumrah’s Attitude and Importance to Indian Cricket
Bumrah’s positive attitude and relaxed demeanor are commendable. He mentions that carrying the burden of expectations is unnecessary. This mindset reflects his importance to Indian cricket, and his characteristic smile is proof of his mental strength. Developing a sensitive approach towards managing Bumrah’s workload is essential for nurturing and preserving this precious talent.
Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah, two of India’s most exciting cricketers, are on their way to making comebacks. Pant’s rehabilitation is progressing well, while Bumrah’s return to cricket has been impactful. Proper rest, rehabilitation, and careful management are crucial for these valuable players. India’s cricket future looks promising with these talents on the horizon.
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