'Bumrah With The Ball Is A Bigger Asset Than Bumrah With The Bat'- Pragyan Ojha Shares His Dissent

‘Bumrah With The Ball Is A Bigger Asset Than Bumrah With The Bat’- Pragyan Ojha Shares His Dissent

Jasprit Bumrah, Glenn McGrath, India, Australia
Jasprit Bumrah [Photo-Twitter]

India might be in a powerful position in the ongoing pink-ball Test against Australia in Adelaide; however, Pragyan Ojha has raised eyebrows on one of the decisions. India ended the second day of the first Test, being 62 ahead after bowling out the hosts for 191. Pragyan Ojha feels that the tourists should not have sent Jasprit Bumrah as the nightwatchman.

Jasprit Bumrah walked in the second innings in the fourth over after Pat Cummins removed Prithvi Shaw from the equation. The 27-year old fast bowler, who delivered an outstanding spell of bowling, negotiated 11 deliveries as India faced a nervous six overs towards the end of the day. In six overs from Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, Virat Kohli’s men managed nine runs.

Pragyan Ojha
Pragyan Ojha. Image Courtesy: PTI

Jasprit Bumrah, who is a pivotal part of India’s fast-bowling unit, unsettled Australia’s batsmen with his ripping pace, seam and swing. Before putting Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne under pressure, Bumrah claimed the wickets of Joe Burns and Matthew Wade to open the gates for the tourists. He finished with figures of 21-7-52-2.

Bumrah with the ball is a bigger asset than going out there and batting: Pragyan Ojha

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah.

Pragyan Ojha opines that Jasprit Bumrah is a significant asset with the ball instead of going out there and batting. The 34-year old would have sent someone else other than Bumrah to protect him from injuries while batting. Ojha feels that such decisions could even cost India the series.

Bumrah with the ball is a bigger asset than going out there and batting. I would have not sent him (as the nightwatchman). Maybe I would have sent somebody else but not Bumrah because he is your number one bowler. I have spoken to fast bowlers, when they tour abroad they have an extra layer of protection in their shoes to avoid injuries while batting. Those injuries can cost you series. Because its Bumrah and we have another 3 Tests to go, as a team he is very important for us,” Ojha told Sports Today.

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