Glenn McGrath plots Jasprit Bumrah’s return from stress fracture

Advice from former Australian bowler

India cricket fans

Former Australian seamer Glenn McGrath has implored Indian seamer Jasprit Bumrah's ongoing recovery from a stress fracture to be managed appropriately.

Bumrah has weathered a disappointing stretch of form since returning from the injury – and is involved in India's second and final Test against New Zealand at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch this week.

“It comes back to the individual and how well he knows himself and how well he has done previously,” McGrath told ESPNcricinfo.

“So, yeah, Jasprit, he's still quite young and he's got a couple of good seasons, but this would be the making of him. It's more about the mindset. Coming back from injury is more like starting the season.

“And if you identify that you've got things in place, then your thought process is, ‘Okay this is what I want to achieve this game and it's about the process. Getting the ball coming out well, bowling the areas I want and then building it up each match.' If you got that way, the process, two or three matches, you're back up at the top.”

Bumrah in IPL

Bumrah will play for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League later this year. Mumbai are the defending champions – and have won the IPL four times. They will meet the Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of the 2020 IPL. Mumbai are priced at 5.00 by bet365 to win this year's IPL.

Former captain Kapil Dev, meanwhile, has suggested several Indian stars don't participate in the IPL amid a busy, Test, ODI and T20I schedule.

“If you think there is burnout then don't play IPL,” said Dev.

“There you are not representing your country, so if you think there is burn out then you can always take a break during the IPL. When you are representing your country, the feeling should be different.

India's schedule for this year includes the Asia Cup, T20 World Cup in Australia and several bilateral series. They have been pooled with South Africa, England, Afghanistan and two qualifying teams for the T20 World Cup in Australia. India won the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007. They will host the tournament in 2021.

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