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The whole of India had its heart in its mouth when Jasprit Bumrah clutched his shoulder in pain after bowling the final delivery of the first innings during the IPL game between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals. Workload management and avoiding injury in the competition before the all-important World Cup have been the talk of the town in Indian cricket at the moment and seeing Bumrah grimacing his face on just the second day of the league has escalated the apprehensions.
Bumrah seemed to hurt his left shoulder after falling over in his follow-through on the last ball of the Delhi Capitals innings.
The incident took place when Rishabh Pant managed to dig out a perfect toe-crushing yorker bowled by Bumrah from around the wicket. Bumrah had tried to stop the ball with his left hand but landed his arm awkwardly on the ground. And as the ball rolled over, he was seen grimacing in pain while holding his left shoulder. His worried Indian teammates ran to check him out straightaway.
Soon Nitin Patel, the Mumbai physiotherapist, rushed into the middle to check on Bumrah.
Bumrah’s track record with injuries have been pretty good so far. However, he had suffered a freak injury last year. Bumrah had injured his finger while unsuccessfully trying to take a return catch in the first match of the T20 series in Ireland. It was later found out that he had fractured his finger. Consequently, Bumrah had to miss the limited-overs series in England as well as the first two Tests of the tour.
At the end of the game, the franchise said that their pace spearhead has recovered well and will be recovered on Monday. However, with Bumrah not coming out to bat, the injury looks serious for the time being or perhaps it was just a precautionary measure. The entire nation would be desperately hoping that Mumbai Indians were correct in their assessment of their pacer’s injury. Bumrah will lead India’s pace attack at the World Cup and missing him could pretty much jeopardise India’s plans.