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'Need to Use your Brain...,' African Pacer Warns Jasprit Bumrah Ahead Of Asia Cup

image-llw7t73pJasprit Bumrah [Twitter] 

Former South African pacer, Makhaya Ntini has shared a straightforward piece of advice with Jasprit Bumrah following his recent return from injury. Ntini's counsel to Bumrah emphasizes the importance of exercising caution and not overexerting himself right from the outset. According to Ntini, if Bumrah were to push too hard too soon, he could potentially put himself at risk of re-injury.

Having recently marked his return to international cricket in the T20I series against Ireland, Jasprit Bumrah's comeback after an 11-month hiatus due to a back injury is indeed significant. With pivotal tournaments like the Asia Cup and ODI World Cup on the horizon, Bumrah's role for the Indian cricket team is paramount.

Makhaya Ntini’s blunt suggestion to Jasprit Bumrah 

“We all know that Jasprit Bumrah is one of the finest fast bowlers that everyone wants to watch and perform. But, from my point of view, as a player coming out from the injury, all you need to do is, you need to use your brain, use your experience. Don’t try to be a hero from day one; you might go back to your injury. Try and groove yourself into becoming that super fit man that we know.” 

“That’s my only advice to Bumrah. He mustn’t look [at] the injuries. Yes, they put him backwards, but now he needs to grind himself to get to the best of his, you know, as everybody knows it, so that when the final comes, he’s on top of his foot,” the former pacer added.

The Gujarat fast bowler had to undergo surgery to address the problem. Following an extensive rehabilitation period at the NCA, he recently marked his return to the Indian team during the Ireland T20I series. Additionally, he led the Men in Blue to a 2-0 series victory and was honored with the Player of the Series award.

In the Asia Cup 2023's Group A matches, India is scheduled to face Pakistan on September 2nd and Nepal on September 4th in Sri Lanka.