With workload being a significant factor and critical in producing the desired results in India’s tour of Australia, former keeper-batsman Kiran More has some advice for the management. With India already shorn of two key players and with captain Virat Kohli departing home midway through the series, they cannot afford to have injuries to their bowlers. Hence, Kiran More has suggested the think-tank to rest Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah alternatively in the white-ball series.
Right-arm seamers Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are arguably India’s most crucial assets, irrespective of the formats. Shami and Bumrah were not only outstanding the last time India won the Test series in Australia but performed well in IPL 2020. The pair, who played for Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians were very effective at all stages of the game and especially death, delivering yorkers consistently.
Kiran More expressed concerns most about Jasprit Bumrah, who has received the nod for all three formats; hence he will aim at resting him and Mohammed Shami. More underlined that the management needs to preserve the duo for the Tests and keep them out in the white-ball games according to the situation. The 58-year old believes that they should play two matches, rest, and play two more.
“The only thing I am worried about is Bumrah. He is going to play One-dayers, T20s, and Test matches. I think I will look at resting Bumrah, and also Shami. Preserve more for Test cricket. I will prefer to give rest to them in some of the matches, depending on the situation in the series, it doesn’t matter if I lose also. Go with one guy in one T20 with two young fast bowlers, even in One-day cricket. I will not go with both of them, need to rest one of them all the time. Play two matches, give rest, then play two matches,” Kiran More told Times of India.
I don’t mind going even with three spinners at some of the grounds: Kiran More
Kiran More further said that India needs to blood young bowlers too and field them frequently to gain experience before the next World Cup. The Gujarat-born former cricketer added that the bowling line-up also depends on Australia’s batting order and he could play three spinners on some venues. With Ravindra Jadeja capable of batting and giving ten overs, More will not hesitate to opt for him.
“We need to give an opportunity to the young fast bowlers, who can get experience before the next World Cup. In ODIs, it depends on what sort of batting line-up Australia plays. I don’t mind going even with three spinners at some of the grounds because we have Jadeja who can also bat and bowl ten overs,” he added further.