Jasprit Bumrah May Miss IPL, WTC Final: Fans Suggest Hilarious Replacement

Last Updated: February 27, 2023, 23:39 IST

Jasprit Bumrah could miss IPL 2023 and the WTC final as well (AP Photo)

After reports suggested that Jasprit Bumrah might be ruled out for a while, fans reacted with hilarious memes

Pacer Jasprit Bumrah’s long-persistent injury certainly comes among the worries that Team India has been dealing with in recent times. Bumrah has been away from cricket for more than five months now.

He was expected to make a return in the Indian Premier League. It could have been a good sign for the Indian brigade who are set to make their second consecutive appearance in the World Test Championship (WTC) in June. But Bumrah might miss both events as his injury will take more time to be fully recovered, a Cricbuzz report said.

As per the report, the fast-bowling maestro is not yet match-fit and can join the Indian unit in the ODI World Cup, even if he can’t make it to the Asia Cup.

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Since the news of his delayed return broke on the internet, it went on to garner mixed reactions from Indian fans. While some backed the Indian pacer’s decision to take more time, others criticised him for missing a number of major assignments.

A fan shared a clip of Bollywood actor Bobby Deol bowling in the Celebrity Cricket League and sarcastically termed him “the replacement for Bumrah” in the upcoming IPL for Mumbai Indians.

Another fan supported Bumrah’s decision to “skip IPL,” saying, “He should focus on WTC and ODI WC later this year.”

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A user took a dig at Mumbai Indians fans who, according to him, “thought they’ll see both Bumrah and Archer playing together in IPL.”

An Indian fan wished for Jasprit Bumrah’s speedy recovery and tweeted, “Come back strong once again the same as before.”

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Here are some other notable reactions:

Jasprit Bumrah donned the Indian kit last time during a home T20I fixture against Australia in September last year.

Owing to his unfortunate injury, the right-arm pacer had to sit out of two marquee events in a row- the Asia Cup and the ICC T20 World Cup. After missing the New Zealand and Bangladesh tours, he was initially included in the squad for the limited-over series against Sri Lanka.

But, just ahead of the home series, the BCCI decided to give Bumrah more time to get fully fit as he was not feeling comfortable. Looking at the recent scenario, the Indian apex board has not made any official announcement, revealing the potential date for Bumrah’s return.

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