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#WorldCup 2023—Bumrah Back for India; Brook Not in England’s WC Squad

August 18, 2023

London, 18 August: India’s star pacer Jasprit Bumrah makes a return to international cricket after recovering from injury and completing rehabilitation. Bumrah is happy to be back and will lead India’s T20I side on the tour of Ireland, beginning 18 August.

“It’s not like I’m holding back. I’m enjoying it. I’ve done a lot of net sessions. When my rehab finished and I went home [to Ahmedabad], I practised with Gujarat [his state team] as well,” the fast bowler said after his first net session on comeback.

ESPNCricinfo quoted Bumrah as having said, “I’ve had a lot of sessions and practice matches. It’s not like there are any restrictions or I’m holding back. Obviously, when you come with the Indian team – and the weather here [in Dublin, Ireland] is great – you enjoy bowling that much more. I’m not holding back. The body feels good and I’m looking forward to the games coming up.”

Bumrah’s return will strengthen India’s pace attack with Mohammad Shami and Mohammad Siraj in top form during the last couple of years.

Meanwhile, much to the disappointment of Harry Brook fans, England have not included the talented middle-order player in the probable squad announced for the forthcoming world cup in India this October.

A piece of good news, however, is that Ben Stokes is back in the fold and will be a crucial part of the 15-member ODI squad led by charismatic Jos Buttler. Jofra Archer will travel with the squad as reserve.

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