Ahmedabad: The right-arm pace bowler is in his home city, where he grew up and his mother stays, and has decided to take time off to rest and tend to a personal matter before he gets into a gruelling season again in a bio-secure environment with the Indian Premier League, the tour of England and the World T20.
“There is no concern about him with regard to fitness. He just wanted to take time off and give himself some rest at his home and importantly tend to a very personal matter,” said an official in the know of things.
The 27-year-old, who has emerged as India’s strike bowler across formats over the last couple of years, faced a serious back injury in late 2019 and missed the last four months of that year recuperating.
He returned in early January, 2020 and played for a couple of months before Covid-19 lockdown brought Indian cricket to a standstill. With about a couple of months of no practice, Bumrah started to practice gradually while doing nets at the Gujarat College ground here along with Parthiv Patel.
Since lockdown has ended, however, Bumrah has been in the thick of things both for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League as well as the India team in Tests and ODIs getting rested for the T20 Internationals in Australia.