Bharat Arun, Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah has been one of the most impactful bowlers in the last few years. Ever since the speedster made his international debut in January 2016, he has only risen the ranks, becoming India’s premier bowler across formats.

The 25-year-old is currently out of the Indian team as he is recovering from a stress fracture in his lower back. His injury has left fans and experts concerned, but bowling coach Bharat Arun has provided some good news.

In a recent interview, Arun revealed that Bumrah doesn’t need surgery to get rid of his back problem. He also added that Bumrah’s recovery is on the right path and hopes for him to return to the side before their “next big challenge” – away Test series in New Zealand.

“Fast bowling is an unnatural activity. Despite our best efforts, there can be no guarantees. We expect Bumrah to be back sooner than later, hopefully in time for the New Zealand Test series that is our next big challenge. As of now, he doesn’t need surgery,” India’s bowling coach was quoted as saying by The Hindu.

Even in Bumrah’s absence, Team India performed exceptionally well at home, registering their first-ever clean sweep over South Africa in Test cricket.

Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav were the pick of the fast bowlers in the series as they claimed 13 and 11 wickets, respectively. While Shami played all three games, Yadav featured only in the last two Tests.

India tour of New Zealand begins on January 24, 2020, where they are scheduled to play five T20Is, three ODIs, and two Tests.

The first Test will be played after the conclusion of the limited-overs series, starting February 21 in Wellington.