India’s pace sensation, Jasprit Bumrah, has momentarily left the spotlight, absent from the lineup for the second ODI clash with Australia. Mukesh Kumar has stepped into his shoes for the match at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. This brief hiatus is Bumrah’s timeout to be with family, but he’ll be back in action for the final match in Rajkot.
Bumrah’s comeback in August 2023 was nothing short of triumphant. After an 11-month recovery from a back injury, he stormed back into international cricket, taking two wickets in his first over against Ireland in a T20I. His resurgence was a pivotal moment for India’s World Cup campaign later that year.
He continued his stellar form in the 2023 Asia Cup, helping India lift the trophy for the eighth time with four crucial wickets in as many matches. His bowling prowess was on display in the first ODI against Australia, where he dismissed Josh Inglis.
In the initial ODI, Australia set a target of 276 runs, with David Warner, Steve Smith, and Josh Inglis playing notable roles. Mohammed Shami shone with five wickets for India. The chase saw impressive performances from Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, and KL Rahul, securing India’s victory with five wickets and eight balls to spare.