Jasprit Bumrah takes inspiration from Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he prepares for Australia series

Ashish Peter 11/09/2017
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Jasprit Bumrah is a Zlatan Ibrahimovic fan.

Fresh from his series-winning performance in Sri Lanka, Jasprit Bumrah wasted no time in hitting the gym to prepare for the upcoming visit of Australia.

The right-handed pacer took 15 wickets in India’s 5-0 whitewash of the islanders and was rightly adjudged the man-of-the-series for his incredible returns.

But it seems a break is the last thing on the mind of the Mumbai Indians player as he shared a video of himself doing some heavy lifting in the gym on Twitter.

Even more interesting is the caption which Bumrah accompanied with the video. “‘Lions dont compare themselves with humans ‘- zlatan ibrahimovic. Classic zlatan quote wish I had the same charisma which he has.#zlatanfan,” the 23-year-old wrote.

It certainly looks like the youngster is a big man of Manchester United’s Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The ‘lions’ quote is one of the many cheeky comments attributed to the outspoken centre-forward who certainly has bags of charisma to go with his big personality.

Focus on having a supremely fit team has become India’s mantra of late and the sentiment has been echoed from top to bottom with Chief Selector MSK Prasad, coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli all giving statements to that effect in recent times.

It was no surprise then to see another member of the Men in Blue’s squad, Ajinkya Rahane, post a similar work-out video on his Twitter profile.

The right-handed batsman who was also part of the Sri Lankan tour wrote: “Never an off day: getting ready for the next challenge #INDvAUS.”

Team India welcome Steve Smith’s Australia for a series of five ODIs and three T20Is starting on September 17 at Chennai. The Aussies will play a warm-up match against the BCCI Board President’s XI on Tuesday.

After the matches against Australia, India will host their neighbours New Zealand for three ODIs and as many T20Is.

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India on Sunday recalled pacemen Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav to the squad for the first three one-day internationals against Australia in the upcoming limited-over home series.

Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja continued to be rested as the selectors announced a 16-member squad for the series starting September 17.

India and Australia will play five ODIs in all and three Twenty20 matches during the tour lasting nearly a month.

Rookie spinners Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal have been retained for their performance during the Sri Lanka tour, where India swept to an emphatic 9-0 victory in all three formats.

“The team for the three ODIs against Australia has been selected in line with the rotation policy of the Board and accordingly R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested,” said MSK Prasad, chairman of the senior selection committee.

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Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.

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India are set to welcome Australia and New Zealand.

After much delay, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has released the schedule for the upcoming limited overs series against Australia and New Zealand.

However, the dates and schedule for the highly anticipated tour of South Africa remain undecided.

Earlier in August the BCCI had announced plans for a homes series against Australia and New Zealand but there had been a surprise addition of a match against Sri Lanka which had previously been unscheduled.

Owing to tensions between the BCCI and Cricket South Africa (CSA), the future of the originally scheduled Boxing Day Test (December 26) does not look positive as India’s home season is scheduled to carry on till December 24.

With the visit of the Aussies just a fortnight away, time is running out for the BCCI to release the dates for the series.

India and Australia will be playing five ODIs followed by three T20Is starting from September 17 with the final game being played on October 13.

The Aussies will be a playing a warm-up game against the Board President XI on the September 12 prior to the start of the limited-overs series.

Following the Australia series, India will welcome the Kiwis for three ODIs and as many T20Is from October 22 to November 7.

Kane Williamson’s men will be playing two warm-up games on October 17 and 19 prior to the first ODI at Mumbai.

The dates for the visit of Sri Lanka still remain unannounced which in turn is likely to lead to further delay in the finalization of the South Africa tour.

India have originally been scheduled to play three Tests, seven ODIs and two T20Is in South Africa but the final itinerary is yet to be announced and there could yet be some reduction of the planned matches.

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