West Indies cricket legend Curtly Ambrose has offered valuable advice to Indian pace sensation Jasprit Bumrah as he makes his comeback after almost a year of injury hiatus. With the Asia Cup 2023 and ICC World Cup 2023 approaching, Bumrah’s return to the Indian team brings anticipation and excitement. Ambrose suggests that Bumrah should take a gradual approach in his return and not rush into full intensity immediately.Ambrose draws a striking comparison between Bumrah’s impact on bowling and Virat Kohli’s prowess in batting for the Indian team. According to Ambrose, Bumrah’s presence in the Indian bowling attack adds depth and variety, akin to how Kohli’s batting excellence contributes to the team’s success. He emphasizes that Bumrah’s return to the World Cup will make India a strong contender, particularly highlighting his ability to excel in death overs.
Ambrose’s advice stems from his belief that Bumrah should pace himself, allowing time to regain his full bowling rhythm. He acknowledges Bumrah’s fitness and form demonstrated in the T20I series against Ireland, where he took four wickets in two matches, underlining his readiness to contribute effectively.
“Jasprit Bumrah is a fine bowler. As he returns to the Indian team it will add a lot of depth and variety to the Indian attack. And his presence in the World Cup will make India favourites. He will bowl at the death and that’s what you need,” Curtly Ambrose said.
“He should give himself time to get back to full pace and take it a little slow on his return. That is how he can get back to his best. However much he bowls in training, match situations are different and in matches, he should not rush himself to bowl like he used to. Once he has a few matches under his belt, he can do what he used to do before the injury,” he added.
He further added, “Jasprit Bumrah makes you the favourites in the World Cup. He will bowl in every situation whenever his team needs him. He is the equivalent of Virat Kohli in the Indian bowling unit.”
The upcoming Asia Cup and the subsequent World Cup hold significant importance for India, and Bumrah’s role will undoubtedly be pivotal in the team’s aspirations. His ability to deliver under pressure and take on crucial situations reflects his stature as a game-changer, comparable to Virat Kohli’s role in India’s batting lineup.As India gears up to face Australia in a three-match series as preparation for the World Cup, all eyes will be on Bumrah’s performance. His contribution and performance will be closely observed, as he looks to play a vital role in India’s campaign to clinch the coveted ICC trophies.
Ambrose’s insights not only highlight Bumrah’s significance but also the immense anticipation and expectations surrounding his comeback. With the legend’s endorsement, Bumrah’s return takes on added significance as he aims to make a resounding impact in the upcoming cricketing events.