Legendary Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar lashed out at the Indian Cricket Team management for resting
Jasprit Bumrah in the second of the four-match Test against England, on Saturday. Gavaskar said that
Jasprit Bumrah is India’s number one fast bowler and given the importance of the match, it wasn’t a favourable decision to rest him.
Mohammed Siraj replaced Jasprit Bumrah for the second Test in an attempt to manage the latter’s workload
and make him fully fit for the third Test. However, Sunil Gavaskar was baffled by the decision as there is a 6-day gap between second and third Test.
“You don’t rest your number one bowler in the name of workload management. Jasprit Burnrah is India’s
number one bowler with the ball, while Ravichandran Ashwin is the number one spinner. When you
have lost the opening game of such a crucial series, you can’t rest your number one pacer. I am baffled by
Bumrah’s snub, as there a seven-day recovery time after the second Test match,” Sunil Gavaskar said while speaking on Star Sports.
Despite India suffering a 227-run defeat in the first Test, Jasprit Bumrah bowled in the right areas and picked
4 wickets in the match. In the first innings, he accounted for the wickets of D Sibley, D Lawrence, and Dom
Bess. In the third innings, he bowled just seven overs and took the important wicket of Jasprit Bumrah.
India is currently in a decent position in the ongoing second Test as compared to the first Test. Despite losing the important wickets of Shubman Gill, C Pujara, and Virat Kohli cheaply, India is kept playing well, thanks to Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane for keeping the pace of the scorecard smooth. Rohit Sharma played one of the best knocks of his Test career. In 231 deliveries, he has amassed 161 runs, while Ajinkya Rahane contributed 67 off 149 deliveries.
Given how the pitch is behaving, India has managed to keep a safe position in the game. However, they kept losing wickets and are now at 300 for 6 in 88 overs. India is playing three spinners in the match and this could help them a lot going ahead in the game.