Ace Team India pacer Jasprit Bumrah has re-joined the squad ahead of their Asia Cup Super Four clash against arch-rivals Pakistan, slated to be played in Colombo on Sunday.
Earlier, Bumrah had flied back home after India’s league match against Pakistan at Pallekele due to the birth of his first child. Bumrah missed India’s second league match against Nepal, which the Rohit Sharma-led side won by 10 wickets in what was another rain-curtailed affair.
As per a report in Cricbuzz, Bumrah will join the team for a practice session at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Friday evening. “Anticipating inclement weather, the Indian team may have to practice indoors, as they did on Thursday, unless the weather improves later in the evening, which has been the recent trend. Fortunately, there has been no rain in Colombo since Friday morning (at the time of publishing), raising hopes for a productive evening practice session,” the report said.
Bumrah is yet to bowl in an ODI, as rain washed out the second half of the India-Pakistan league match on September 2 and last time he bowled his full quota of ten overs in an ODI was in July 2022 at Lord’s.
“The weather outlook for the upcoming week is not very promising, with Colombo expected to receive heavy rainfall, including a 90 percent chance of rain on Sunday. This explains the ACC’s decision to arrange a reserve day for such a crucial match,” added the report.
Following the game against Pakistan, India will face Sri Lanka at the same venue on September 12 before taking on Bangladesh on September 15.