Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene says Jasprit Bumrah must play and not sit at home during IPL 2019

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The ICC World Cup 2019 which starts from 30th May in England and Wales is less than two months away and excitement level amongst cricket fans around the world is high. But before that, the richest cricket league in the world IPL (Indian Premier League) will start from 23rd March.

Now ahead of the IPL, Indian fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah has been asked by Virat Kohli to avoid playing in the cash-rich IPL so as to avoid injuries and world load pressure going into the world cup.

Now, Sri Lankan batting legend Mahela Jayawardene has said that Jasprit Bumrah must not sit at home during IPL and the Indian management need not worry about the workload.

The workload needs to be managed but at the same time, they need to play good competitive cricket. I think India has managed their players well over the years giving them breaks. I think your best players need to play. They can’t stay at home and turn up and perform. It’s about that fine balance and as long as we can manage that, they will be fine,” Jayawardene told India Today.

An individual may have an unusual action but if his workload is managed properly; his strength and stability and preparation is managed well, recovery protocols are managed properly and if he is at an age bracket where he is not at risk – above 25, than there is no reason why that individual should get more injured than anybody else with what we call a normal action. I always say this if you give the body enough time, it will adapt to anything,” he said.

He also said that Bumrah’s bowling in the death over is a game changer and praised his wicket-taking ability.

He is always an attacking option with his wicket-taking ability. In the death overs, he has all the skills and he backs himself to do that. He is definitely a game changer,” Jayawardene added.

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