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Bumrah meets Dravid, says rest was important

Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been kept out of the ongoing limited overs series against West Indies. He will soon fly to the Caribbean island to join the Indian squad for Test matches against West Indies.

The intention was to provide Bumrah enough rest after his hectic stints in IPL and World Cup. The bowler is taking ample rest and also gearing up for the longer format of the game. Bumrah has received the 2019 Youth Icon award at the ‘Forbes India 30 Under 30’ a while back.

India will be playing a two-match test series with West Indies starting from August 22 to September 4. Meanwhile the number one bowler took to social media and  shared a picture with Rahul Dravid, the National Cricket Academy head and Karun Nair. He wrote, “So great to meet Rahul sir, what an honour to spend some time with you”. 

He recently had a brief chat with Network18 where he talked about his remarkable international cricket career. Bumrah said that it feels good to be appreciated by all in the country. Bumrah, who has become the go-to man for Indian captain Virat Kohli whenever a breakthrough is required, opined that this break was much needed. Bumrah is able to handle the new ball effectively and equally able to deliver brilliant yorkers at the death. No wonder he is being treated as a national asset and hence this rest was given to him. “I don’t know about being a national asset but it has been a long season with the IPL and World Cup and it was good to get a two-week break before I join the squad for the Test series,” Bumrah said.

The ‘Yorker King’ took 18 wickets in nine matches in the recently concluded World Cup with the best being 4/55. He maintained an average of 20.61 and economy rate of 4.41. This made him one of the top performers in World Cup 2019.

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