Former Indian opening batsman Gautam Gambhir feels that pace-spearhead Jasprit Bumrah should not be in Team India’s playing XI for the second Test. Gambhir feels Bumrah should be preserved for the crucial pink-ball Test, starting from February 24 at the newly-renovated Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The Indian bowlers endured a torrid time in the ongoing first Test at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai. Virat Kohli and his men were kept on the field for 190.1 overs, as England piled on the misery, ending their first innings with a total of 578 runs on the board.
Bumrah, who is playing his first Test on home soil, returned figures of 3/84 from 36 overs. Gambhir added that Bumrah is an X-factor bowler.
“I’m not even sure whether Bumrah should be picked for the second Test match. I think India should preserve him for the pink-ball Test match. See, Jasprit Bumrah is an X-Factor in the series, irrespective of what surfaces to play on and you’ve got to keep that in mind too,” Gambhir told ESPNCricinfo.
Gambhir also pointed out that the right-arm pacer should not bowl longer sessions and should only be given short bursts of about three overs to pick up quick wickets. He added that Bumrah is very important for India’s prospects in this series.
“Jasprit Bumrah – you can’t just keep bowling for longer sessions. Give him that short burst of three overs to try and pick a quick wicket, but not long spells because Bumrah is going to be very important going forward in the series. And if something happens to him, India is going to be in serious trouble,” he concluded.
Gambhir played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs, and 37 T20I for India. The 39-year-old was also a part of the victorious Indian side, which won both the 2007 T20 World Cup as well as the 2011 50-over World Cup.