Jatin ∙ Mar 14 2023, 9:15 AM

'Forget Bumrah': Pakistan Seamer Suggests India to Groom Young Pacers

image-lf7y2674Bumrah likely to miss the remainder of 2023 [Twitter]

Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah's absence from the Asia Cup, T20 World Cup 2022, Border Gavaskar Trophy, and the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) due to his back injury has raised concerns about his cricketing future. The bowling mainstay recently underwent a surgery in New Zealand and it remains uncertain when he will be able to resume playing cricket.

Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir opened up on Bumrah’s injury and empathized with his plight. He opined that Bumrah, who played cricket continuously across various formats, and even participated in the IPL, should have taken some rest as a humans body eventually gets exhausted and requires respite.

He expressed his concern by stating that back and knee injuries are the two most dreadful injuries for a bowler that could result in career-ending setbacks, and he wouldn't even wish them upon his foes. The former speedster hoped that the Indian quick was strong and recovering well.

"I always say, back and knee injuries for a bowler are two which I wouldn't even wish for my enemy. It tends to end careers of cricketers. I hope he is strong and is recovering well,” said Amir as quoted by Hindustan Times.

With Bumrah's uncertain future, Amir commented on the need for India to look towards grooming young bowlers. He singled out Mohammed Siraj as the most improved bowler in any format and suggested that India should prepare a couple of young bowlers for the future as players like Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav enter the twilight of their careers.

“The bowler who has most impressed me is Mohammed Siraj. If you look at the recent past, he is the most improved bowler in any format,” added Amir.

The southpaw spoke highly of Arshdeep Singh, saying that his ability to swing the ball both ways makes him an excellent choice for red-ball cricket. The tainted seamer also commented on Umran Malik's future in cricket, saying that he believes the young bowler should focus on white-ball cricket, given his raw pace.