Watch: Jasprit Bumrah bowls fiery bouncer-toe crushers in first net session ahead of comeback series in ireland
Jasprit Bumrah is spotted bowling at full throttle in the nets on Friday in Dublin, ahead of his first appearance for India since September 2022 in a three-match T20I series against Ireland.
The 29-year-old, who is returning from a recurring back issue, will lead India in the bilateral and was spotted bowling without any discomfort - with no reduction in pace.
The 29-year-old can be seen delivering a precise bouncer and a searing yorker to the batters in a video shared by BCCI on social media.
While a new-look Indian squad will be eager to avoid another loss in Ireland after a series setback in the West Indies, the main focus will be on how Bumrah performs in his comeback series ahead of the Asia Cup and the much-anticipated home World Cup.
The speedster has been recovering from back surgery, and it was believed that a stress reaction in his lower back could have jeopardised his career. However, the footage provided on Wednesday seems encouraging.
Bumrah missed significant competitions such as the T20 World Cup in Australia last year and the World Test Championship (WTC) final in England earlier this year after suffering back injuries twice last year.
The lack of pace and leadership in the bowling department was discussed on both occasions as India fell short of winning an ICC trophy for the first time since 2013.
Bumrah had the back ailment last year during India's tour of England in 2022, during which he also made his captaincy debut for the national team in a one-off Test match in England.
His return for the home bilateral T20I series against Australia in September, ahead of the shortest format World Cup, would prove disastrous, as the right-arm quick would complain of back trouble after only two outings for India.
He was also named to the India squad for the ODI series against Sri Lanka earlier this year before being dropped at the last minute.
The selectors and team management will be aware of the recent snafus surrounding Bumrah's comeback to the field and will keep a tight eye on his progress bowling four-over periods for the 10th time. India will be looking forward to his performance in the premier tournament, which is less than two months away.