After the decision to rest Jasprit Bumrah from the fourth and the final Test against England, the management might likely rest him from the ODI series too. Jasprit Bumrah will already not play the five-match T20I rubber against the Englishmen and will probably skip the 50-over fixtures as well. Bumrah also did not play the second Test against England, which India won by 317 runs.
According to some reports, Jasprit Bumrah’s return could take longer than initially expected. The 27-year old did not have too much workload to deal with after the first Test against England as spinners did the job for India, enabling them to take a 2-1 lead. He bowled 42 overs in the opening Test in Chennai as England’s first lasted 190 overs and Bumrah ended with four wickets in the game.
A BCCI official commented that Jasprit Bumrah has bowled nearly 180 overs in the four Test matches since the start of the Australian tour. The official further stated that they have also considered the number of overs he spent on the field and since he has a bigger role to play after the two Tests in Ahmedabad, he should be rested for the white-ball fixtures.
“Jassi has already bowled close to 180 overs, including nearly 150 overs (149.4 overs) in four Test matches (till first Test versus England) since the start of Australian tour. Add to that, the number of hours spent on the field. It is only logical that after these two Tests in Motera, where he will have a big role to play, he should be given rest for white ball leg,” a senior BCCI official had earlier said ahead of the third Test,” the BCCI official said as quoted by The Outlook.
Jasprit Bumrah can get well by playing 14-16 high-intensity games for the Mumbai Indians: Sources
With Bumrah rested, the BCCI will inject Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami, while T Natarajan and Navdeep Saini will also have opportunities. The BCCI official reckons that Bumrah can get in shape for the T20 World Cup and the other crucial assignments by playing 14-16 high-intensity matches for the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021.
“Bhuvneshwar Kumar might make a comeback and Mohammed Shami after a break will play a few white ball games. Nattu (T Natarajan) and Saini will also come back in the white ball teams. As far as Jassi is concerned, he can well get ready playing 14 to 16 high intensity IPL games for Mumbai Indians,” a source added.