Rohit Sharma is optimistic that Jasprit Bumrah will be available for the last two Tests against Australia

Rohit Sharma is optimistic that Jasprit Bumrah will be available for the last two Tests against Australia

The speed spearhead Jasprit Bumrah might return from his injury in time to play in India's last two Test matches against Australia in March, according to captain Rohit Sharma. However, Rohit cautioned against pushing the right-arm fast bowler into intense competition.

In September, Bumrah had a back injury that prevented him from competing in the 2022 Men's T20 World Cup. He was supposed to join the Indian squad in Guwahati for the ODI series against Sri Lanka earlier this month, but he withdrew due to his ailment.

However, the BCCI decided to remove him on the eve of the first ODI of the series, citing the need for him to develop bowling resilience and character. Bumrah's fitness is a concern for the Indian team management, which is understandable given that the nation will host the ODI World Cup in October and November 2023.

"At the moment, I'm not really convinced about Bumrah. He won't be available for the first two Test matches, of course. I hope he plays in the next two Test matches, but I'm not counting on it. Once again, we don't want to take any chances with him. Back injuries are almost usually serious.

"We'll watch and keep an eye on it, but we have a lot of cricket coming up after that. After India defeated New Zealand by 90 runs in Indore to win the ODI series 3-0, Rohit said in the post-match press conference, "We are in regular contact with doctors and physios at NCA and we are always hearing from them.

Mohammed Siraj has emerged as India's go-to bowler in Bumrah's absence, routinely providing the team with vital breakthroughs in the opening 10 overs. Siraj joined the ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year for 2022 on Tuesday despite being rested from the last ODI in Indore.

"I've spoken quite a bit about Siraj. He has improved his knowledge of his bowling as a result of playing more cricket. In this game, in my opinion, knowing your capabilities is key. What are your skills? In my opinion, you can benefit the team more once you realize this, and Siraj has shown this in every format in which he has played over the last two years.

He has performed well. He is aware of what the group requires of him. to approach the new ball, swing it, and get early wickets. He possesses a wide range of abilities throughout the middle overs as well. He is welcome to visit and do all those tasks. He becomes better the more he plays, said Rohit.

Umran Malik, a promising pacer, will get future support from the squad, he concluded. Although Umran is really young and hasn't played much, he will undoubtedly improve. He has a certain something. Simply put, we need to support and use him more.