Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah has undergone successful back surgery in New Zealand in hopes of being match-fit for the upcoming ODI World Cup to be held in India later this year. The surgery was performed on Monday, and Bumrah will remain in New Zealand until the end of March as part of his rehabilitation process.
The aim of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) medical staff is to gradually increase Bumrah’s workload and get him match-ready for the World Cup in October-November. According to reports, Bumrah’s injury was a stress reaction in his lower back, which has kept him out of action since September last year.
Bumrah was set to make his comeback in January against Sri Lanka but was ruled out due to a niggle in his back. The BCCI medical staff at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru had been treating Bumrah’s condition urgently and recommended surgery as a possible solution.
After consulting with Bumrah, the BCCI decided to proceed with the surgery in New Zealand. The Indian pacer has been plagued by injuries for the past few months and has not played in any form of cricket since September last year.
Bumrah’s rehabilitation process started in November, and he began bowling towards the middle of December. However, during a fitness drill in Mumbai in early January, he suffered discomfort and was ruled out of the Australia Tests as well.
The NCA, Indian team management, and Rohit Sharma have all advised India not to rush Bumrah back into action until he is fully fit and able to perform at his best. The Indian cricket team will be hoping for Bumrah’s speedy recovery as he is a crucial component of their bowling attack in all formats of the game.
The ODI World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in India in October-November, will be one of the most highly anticipated cricket events of the year, and Bumrah’s participation will be crucial for India’s chances of winning the tournament on home soil.