In a last-minute move, Jasprit Bumrah has been added to India’s three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka beginning January 10. Before the Asia Cup, Bumrah, India’s top bowler, was initially sidelined owing to a stress fracture in his back. However, he seems to have completely healed after taking some time off and receiving extensive therapy at the NCA. Bumrah was left out of India’s squad for the Sri Lanka series in the final week of December, according to reports that the BCCI was not eager to hasten the pacer’s return. However, the significant news on Tuesday afternoon suggests that the board and team management are happy with the 28-year-progress olds and that bringing him back as soon as possible in a World Cup year is the best course of action.

The bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been included in India’s ODI team for the forthcoming Mastercard 3-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, according to a BCCI announcement. “Due to a back ailment, Bumrah has not played cricket since September 2022 and was disqualified from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The National Cricket Academy has deemed the bowler fit after he underwent rehabilitation (NCA). He will soon be a member of the Team India ODI group.”

It is unclear, however, if Bumrah will be reinserted into the Starting XI right away. Ideally, if he has been named to the team, he would most certainly play, but whether he will do so right away is a question that will be best answered by captain Rohit Sharma, coach Rahul Dravid, and Bumrah himself. With players like Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh, and Umran Malik already in place to lead India’s pace department, Bumrah’s addition is expected to bolster the bowling unit’s already-dominant stature.

The Indian side will face Australia at home for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, compete in the 50-over Asia Cup, and, most importantly, host the World Cup the next year, thus Bumrah’s return to full strength and aggressive bowling will be crucial. The Men in Blue fell to England at the last hurdle and exited with a somewhat lopsided 10-wicket loss in the semifinal, and skipper Rohit will want to have his finest weapon healthy and fresh for India’s unsuccessful T20 World Cup campaign in Australia.

But it seems like juggling Bumrah’s workload will be challenging. The IPL 2023 will serve as his first significant test, thus it will be important to make sure that Bumrah survives the grueling two-month competition uninjured. One of the main lessons learned from the BCCI’s most recent review meeting was that the 20 players who had been nominated, of whom Bumrah undoubtedly is one, needed to manage their workloads better. If a player has to maintain himself in shape by playing more for India at the price of participating in the IPL, that’s OK given the growing amount of injury worries. Bumrah, though, may be an exception since match preparation continues to be his first concern.