Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir wants the Indian team to rest Jasprit Bumrah for the upcoming second Test against England in order to keep the Indian pacer fresh for the Day-night match.

India pacer Jasprit Bumrah. (Reuters Photo)

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  • Gautam Gambhir wants India to rest Jasprit Bumrah for 2nd Test against England
  • Gambhir went on to say that Bumrah should not be used for long stretches
  • Gambhir feels team management needs to manage Bumrah’s workload well

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir believes the hosts should preserve ‘X-factor’ Jasprit Bumrah for the crucial pink-ball Test against England that starts on February 24. Jasprit Bumrah is playing his first-ever Test match in India, in the ongoing Chennai Test against England.

Bumrah has had to bowl a total of 31 overs by the end of the second day’s play in the first Test against England. Bumrah had missed the fourth Test against Australia in Brisbane due to an abdominal strain, although he has recovered for the ongoing game in Chennai.

Due to the length of the tour and the number of games India needs to play against England, Gambhir felt that the young Indian pacer’s workload should be managed accordingly.

“100 percent, absolutely. 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 said on ESPNCricinfo.

Gambhir went on to say that Bumrah should not be used for long stretches and should come for only three-four over spells.

“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,” the former batsman added.



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