Mumbai Indians superstar mercilessly trolled ahead of IPL 2023

Senior Team India pacer Jasprit Bumrah became a target of online trolls following his inclusion in the Indian cricket board’s annual contracts for players announced this week.

Team India supporters mocked him before posting hilarious memes on Twitter to have fun at his expense.

It’s baffling to see #Bumrah with a Grade A contract despite playing very last year, and without any demotion, while #Hardik has been demoted to Grade C. This seems like clear favoritism by @BCCI, and #Pujara and #Siraj have also been overlooked for Grade A contracts.#BCCI

— suffering_is_eternal (@SushanStupid) March 26, 2023

These LEGENDS don’t know what Injury is

For them NATION comes above all @YUVSTRONG12#Bumrah #shreyasiyer #ViratKohli #MSDhoni #YuvrajSingh #CricketTwitter #IPL2023 #Jadeja

— TUSHAR (@CricTusharv) March 27, 2023

Tell One Better Performance of #bumrah in #ICC Main Matches?
Will give a list in #IPL Matches.@Jaspritbumrah93
Play for Country First
Learn from #Starc

— Siddu Cherukuri (@SidduChowdary5) March 28, 2023


While Jasprit Bumrah got rewarded, some other big names could not make it to the list of 26 players who were handed the annual contracts for the 2023-24 season.

Among the men to miss out on a contract were veteran fast bowler Ishant Sharma, senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batter Dinesh Karthik and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.

However, the development wasn’t appreciated by Team India’s admirers, telling the board it was a “shameless” act given that Jasprit Bumrah hasn’t provided his services to the national side for quite some time.

On the other hand, another section pointed out that the BCCI looked clueless about Team India’s World Cup plans as the contract list featured Shikhar Dhawan.

The veteran India opener has been dropped from the ODI squad and is no longer a part of Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma’s scheme of things in the 50-over format.

A few even mentioned that Bhuvneshwar Kumar should have been included in the contract list if not in the top tier, considering he played for India just four months ago in New Zealand. But the BCCI thought otherwise.

The BCCI’s move to award Jasprit Bumrah, the national team’s top contract worth seven crores, comes at a time when he has been out of the Rohit Sharma-led side for nearly a year.

Jasprit Bumrah’s last appearance for the Indian Cricket Team was against Australia during a home T20I series in September last year. Subsequently, a stress fracture in the back denied him the opportunity to participate in the T20 World Cup.

In his absence, the Rohit Sharma-led Team India exited the event in the semifinals, losing to eventual champions England by ten wickets.

The 29-year-old, regarded as the best all-format speedster in the world, is a genuine wicket-taking option – both with the new ball and in the death overs.

Jasprit Bumrah’s unique action allows him to exert extra bounce from the pitch with the new ball. Also, he can outfox batters with his toe-breaking yorkers in the final overs of the opposition’s innings.

He was on course to mark his return to India duty in January during the ODI series against Sri Lanka. But the BCCI pulled him out of the three bilateral matches citing concerns over escalating his back injury.

Subsequently, Bumrah moved to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, where medical experts suggested rushing him into international cricket could put his career at risk. The NCA staff suggested that he undergo surgery on his lower back after niggles resurfaced whenever he attempted a comeback. The problem initially appeared in August 2022.

Earlier, Jasprit Bumrah underwent surgery for the issue in New Zealand. He will miss the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the World Test Championship in England in June.

As per a cricket portal, “Bumrah is expected to stay in New Zealand till the end of March. The roadmap for his return, as prepared by the BCCI’s medical staff, is for him to resume training and bowling by August, and his workload will increase gradually after that, with the plan to get him completely fit for the World Cup.”

“The Indian team management, as well as the NCA, want Bumrah to return only when he is absolutely fit to perform at his peak, with captain Rohit Sharma also warning India against rushing him back into action,” the report noted.

“About Bumrah, I’m not too sure at the moment, of course for the first two Test matches he’s not going to be available,” Rohit Sharma said after India clean swept New Zealand in the ODIs in January. “I’m expecting that; not expecting but hoping he plays the next two Test matches but again we don’t want to take any risk with him. The back injuries are always critical. We have got lot of cricket coming up after that as well, we will see, and we will monitor. We are in constant touch with doctors and physios at NCA and we are constantly hearing from them.”

Meanwhile, a BCCI official on the condition of anonymity recently told the Indian Express newspaper that the Gujarat-born cricketer’s back was in a “fragile state” right now.

“Not many in the BCCI are aware of his injury. Only VVS Laxman (NCA director) has been assigned to speak to him and the physios. Even the selection committee has been told that they will be informed about Bumrah’s actual injury and his rehab details in due course,” the BCCI source said.

“His back is in a fragile state right now. Besides, last time Bumrah’s return was hastened. Since he hadn’t fully recovered, he had discomfort while bowling on his return. This time, we are more conservative as a wrong call might even result in a career-threatening injury,” he added.

On the other hand, India and Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said that Bumrah’s absence was a big deal for the five-time IPL champions.

“We know that Bumrah’s not available. We have a couple of guys who could do Bumrah’s role in the team. We will keep an eye on that, hopefully, whatever they space Bumrah was in, the others guys can come and do that for us,” Rohit Sharma said in a media briefing ahead of the start of the IPL 2023.

“He (Bumrah) is a big miss. But it’s an opportunity for the youngsters in the team.I don’t want to put too much pressure on the youngsters. Leading up to the first game, guys know what their role is, the last thing we want to do is put pressure on them. For guys who haven’t played the IPL before, there are quite a few guys, and if they get an opportunity, I would love to keep it simple for them,” Rohit Sharma signed off.

Mumbai Indians’ squad for IPL 2023: Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma ,Ramandeep Singh, Dewald Brevis, Ishan Kishan (wk), Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Kartikeya Singh, Jofra Archer, Hrithik Shokeen, Arjun Tendulkar, Tim David, Tristan Stubbs, Arshad Khan, Akash Madhwal, Jason Behrendorff, Cameron Green, Jhye Richardson, Piyush Chawla, Duan Jansen, Shams Mulani, Nehal Wadhera, Vishnu Vinod, Raghav Goyal

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