Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rinku Singh, and Jitesh Sharma are among the many Gen-Next IPL stars on the team, but many involved in Indian cricket will be closely watching Bumrah since he will be crucial to the home team’s strategy during the ODI World Cup, which begins in less than two months.
After having surgery to repair lower-back stress fractures he had sustained during a home series against Australia before the T20 World Cup last year, the 29-year-old Bumrah is making a comeback.
Despite the fact that he will only bowl a maximum of 12 overs over the course of three games spread over five days, this series will give chairman of selectors Ajit Agarkar, ODI captain Rohit Sharma, and head coach Rahul Dravid a good notion of the Gujarat slinger’s match fitness.
However, in 50-over cricket, he must bowl 10 overs over the course of two, three, or possibly four periods.
The BCCI posted Bumrah’s bowling video on its official social media account. It showed him hurriedly bowling a right-hander with a disguised short ball and then nearly yorking a left-hander with a toe-crusher.
However, the circumstances of the match would be quite different, and both Dravid and Rohit have already burned their hands by hurrying him before the T20 World Cup in Australia last year.
The outcomes were terrible. That was the final series Bumrah participated in before his seven-year international career’s longest break.
Earlier this year, Bumrah was selected for a home series but was forced to withdraw at the last minute due to surgery to treat an ailment that could have ended his career.
Bumrah will benefit from the Ireland series by getting in more mileage on his legs and preparing for the Asia Cup, when he will face off against players like Babar Azam up front on September 2.
Even though they haven’t yet won a game against India, Ireland, captained by Andrew Balbirnie and featuring helpful players like Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, and left-arm spinner George Dockrell, is a strong team in the shortest format.
Josh Little, their left-arm seamer, was a key member of the Gujarat Titans club the previous season and would welcome the opportunity to demonstrate his abilities against an Indian team loaded with talent.
With the exception of Bumrah and Sanju Samson, every member of this Indian team will be competing for a gold medal at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, thus the core group will want to make the most of the three T20 Internationals.
Sanju Samson is the one player whose status will undoubtedly be scrutinized. Unless head coach Sitanshu Kotak receives a standing order from main team management to play the Kerala player ahead of the Asia Cup, he is unlikely to make the starting XI.
Jitesh and Rinku, two exciting IPL finds, are anticipated to receive their T20 India caps, while Shivam Dube will be eager for a second chance.
Similar to Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna is also making a comeback to competitive cricket. The Bengaluru fast bowler was ODI team certainty before suffering a lower back stress fracture that also required surgery.
Before making a final decision on the Asia Cup selection, selectors are anticipated to review Krishna’s performance. The squad is anticipated to be announced by this week’s end.
It would be interesting to observe how team management and the players balance team goals with those of the individual players while keeping the big picture in mind.
India: 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.
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)