India’s pace spearhead, Jasprit Bumrah, is set to make a comeback to international cricket. He has been chosen to captain the three-match T20I series against Ireland. Also returning to the team is fast bowler Prasidh Krishna.
The T20I series between India and Ireland will take place in Malahide on August 18, 20, and 23. During a two-match T20I series in June 2022, India won 2-0, although Ireland put up a tough fight.
The touring squad to Ireland includes Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, and Shahbaz Ahmed, with Ruturaj Gaikwad being named as the vice-captain.
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Jasprit Bumrah had been sidelined from competitive cricket since late September the previous year when he withdrew from the T20Is against South Africa due to a back injury. Subsequently, he missed both the Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia and the Asia Cup in the UAE.
Although he attempted to make a comeback for the ODI series against Sri Lanka in January, he was withdrawn on the eve of the series opener in Guwahati as a precautionary measure to build his bowling resilience after undergoing a back surgery in New Zealand.
Bumrah has been recovering at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru since his surgery. Similarly, Prasidh Krishna was out of action since last year due to a stress fracture in his back, which also required surgery and rehabilitation at the NCA.
India squad for T20Is against Ireland
Jasprit Bumrah (captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad (vice-captain), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Sanju Samson (wk), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Ravi Bishnoi, Prasidh Krishna, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, and Avesh Khan.