On Friday, Jasprit Bumrah made a successful comeback to international cricket by guiding the team to a commanding T20I win against Ireland in the series opener held in Dublin. Despite rain interruptions, Bumrah’s significant impact was evident right from the start, securing two crucial wickets in his debut over.
The impressive performance of the Indian bowling lineup, consisting of Prasidh Krishna, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Shivam Dube, and Bumrah, played a key role in limiting Ireland to a score of 139/7.
During India’s run-chase, they reached 47/2 in 6.5 overs before the weather intervened, resulting in a stoppage of the match. During the persistent rain delay, India’s fate converged with the Duckworth-Lewis (DLS) method, resulting in a narrow 2-run victory in Dublin.
Jasprit Bumrah earned the Player of the Match award for his controlled bowling display
Bumrah’s steady bowling display earned him the Player of the Match title; he bowled 16 dot balls and achieved figures of 2/24 in four overs. In the post-match ceremony, Bumrah specifically expressed gratitude towards the personnel at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, where he underwent extensive recovery over several months.
“(I) felt very good. So many sessions I did at the NCA and the practice games. Didn’t feel like I missed out a lot or I’m doing something new so credit to the staff there,” Bumrah said.
The Indian skipper mentioned that he experienced minimal nervousness while returning to the team, partly due to his role as captain, which added an extra responsibility on the field.
“Very happy to be back and always good to contribute. [Any nerves?] Not really, when you’re captaining you are thinking more about the whole team and not just your own performance,” said the 29-year-old star pacer. Very happy that the weather was helpful for the bowlers. In every game you want more and you always search for a perfect game. Credit to them as well for keeping their nerves in a crisis.”
Strengthened fast bowling lineup
Jasprit Bumrah’s return greatly enhances India’s readiness for two important ODI events: the Asia Cup and the World Cup. His crucial role as India’s top fast bowler will continue to be essential as the team strives to break their ICC title drought.
India’s most recent ICC tournament victory was in 2013 when a team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni claimed the Champions Trophy. The 29-year-old pace sensation is set to lead India’s fast bowling alongside Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj, who returns to the ODI team after missing since March this year.