Former Indian opener and currently Member of Parliament, Gautam Gambhir feels that Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah should be given rest in the series that is following the Border-Gavskar Trophy.
Bumrah is already injured and it is still not sure whether he will play the final test against Australian or not. In fact, after injuries to Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Umesh Yadav, Bumrah’s work load has only increased.
It later came out that Bumrah is suffering from an abdominal strain and his participation in the series finale is highly unlikely. India has crucial assignments this year which include a possible Test Championship final, a Test tour of England followed by the really important T20 World Cup on home soil.
And, Gautam Gambhir feels that Indian should keep Jasprit fresh and ready for the aforementioned assignments, calling for him to be rested for the upcoming home series against England.
“He hasn’t played a Test match at home. I am sure the Indian team management has looked after Jasprit Bumrah reasonably well because they have actually used him in places like England, South Africa and Australia where he is probably even more threatening.” Gautam Gambhir said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’
“I am not saying he will not be threatening in India; he is going to be even more threatening in India where wickets can get low and slow, and he can reverse the ball really well. I still feel if you are playing four Test matches at home, you don’t need to play Jasprit Bumrah in all four matches. Because here your spinners will also get help, and Mohammed Shami would have come back hopefully and Ishant Sharma will be fit.” he added.
Gambhir also mentioned that India can also give Bumrah a break from the white-ball fixtures against England.
“You can also give him a break in T20 cricket and a little bit break in ODI cricket as well. No player wants to take a break, but a bowler like Jasprit Bumrah, whose action is a little different, I am sure only experts can tell where he has the maximum load, whether in the back or somewhere else.” Gambhir said.
“It is very much required to look after him, as the England tour of 5 Test matches is going to be very important and after that the T20 World Cup. So, you will need a fit Jasprit Bumrah.” he added.