Indian captain Rohit Sharma is hopeful that fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah will be fit to play the last two matches of the four-Test series against world number one team Australia, starting next month.
Bumrah has not played any international matches since September last year due to a back injury. He has not been selected in the team for the first two Tests against Australia but he recently bowled in the nets at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), raising hopes of an early comeback.
“Not too sure about Bumrah but I expect him to play in the last two Tests against Australia,” Rohit told a press conference after India’s 90-run win over New Zealand in the third ODI.
“We don’t want to take any chances because back injuries are always serious. We still have a lot of cricket to play after that. We are in regular touch with the physios and doctors at NCA. The medical team will give him full time to get fit.” With the upcoming IPL season likely to start from the last week of March, this is good news from the point of view of the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians as well.
Rohit said after the match, “To be honest, we do not talk too much about the ranking. It is all about winning matches and our approach will be no different when we play a Test match against Australia. It will not be an easy challenge but we are up for it.
Rohit Sharma close to becoming 10 Hazari in ODIs, left behind Pakistan veteran Mohammad Yusuf
India thrashed New Zealand by 90 runs in the third and final ODI on Tuesday to win the ODI series 3-0 on the back of a brilliant performance by the bowlers after captain Rohit Sharma (101) and Shubman Gill (112).
Batting first, India scored 385 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 50 overs. In response, the entire New Zealand team was reduced to 295 runs in 41.2 overs.