India speedster Jasprit Bumrah, whose request to not feature in the fourth and final Test against England was accepted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), faces no injury scare, confirmed an official related to the development.
The right-arm fast bowler is in his home town and has decided to take some time off for a personal matter before he gets into a hectic season again in a bio-secure environment with the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League, the tour of England and then the World T20 later this year.
“There is no concern about him with regard to fitness. He just wanted to take time off and give himself some rest at his home and importantly tend to a very personal matter,” said an official.
However, the young pacer, who has become India’s one of the prime bowlers across formats over the last couple of years, had faced a serious back injury in late 2019 and he had to miss the last four months of that year recovering.
He came back in early January in 2020 and also played for the team before COVID-19 and its imposed lockdown brought the entire world to a standstill. However, he was not in his best of forms during the Indian Premier League last year in the UAE where he played for Mumbai Indians.
Meanwhile, he has bowled 277.1 overs in competitive cricket over the last five months. Considering his back issue and the full-pack season ahead including the marquee event of the T20 World Cup, this break will give him some respite as well.
On the other hand, in the ongoing series, he didn’t bowl much due to the nature of pitches as those has been favouring the spinners. After bowling 36 overs in the first innings of the first Test, he has bowled only 12 overs across three innings of the two Tests where he featured.
However, he had missed the second Test in Chennai and bowled six overs in the second innings of the first Test and six overs in the first innings of the third Test and the captain Virat Kohli didn’t give him the ball in the third Test’s second innings as well. And the captain said, “Bumrah said ‘I am getting workload management while playing’.”