Pacer Jasprit Bumrah is all set to lead India in the fifth rescheduled Test match against England, starting on Friday, July 1 at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. This will mark his captaincy debut for the country. Jasprit Bumrah’s wife Sanjana Ganesan revealed his mother’s reaction to him being appointed as the captain of the Indian team.
The BCCI on Thursday announced Jasprit Bumrah as the captain, as regular skipper Rohit Sharma has been ruled out. Rohit tested positive for the covid-19 virus during the four-day warm-up match against Leicestershire. He is in isolation and is yet to recover. Bumrah will be the 36th player to lead the Indian team in the red-ball format.
Speaking to the ICC, Sanjana Ganesan expressed that Jasprit’s mother was ecstatic on hearing the news. She also shared tons of tips with the pacer, ahead of his captaincy debut. Sanjana said,
“She’s very excited. She’s always liked to see him do well, because he loves the sport, and she’s literally seen the entire journey he’s gone through to get to where he is. She was ecstatic when she found out. She had tons of tips and tricks, even though she’s never played cricket herself! Like a mother does, she told him, ‘This should be how you think, and this should be what you do.’ It was very nice to see, and she was very happy and proud of him.”
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Jasprit Bumrah is proud and definitely very happy about it: Sanjana Ganesan
The Indian management had to wait for Rohit Sharma’s covid test results, to take a call on his availability. Sanjana Ganesan expressed that this gave Bumrah enough time to absorb the news of his captaincy. She added that the pacer is proud to have been given the leadership responsibility.
“They wanted to be entirely sure they were doing everything they could to give Rohit a fair chance to come back and play this Test. Bumrah got a lot of time to absorb and understand that this was really happening. He’s proud and definitely very happy about it,” said Sanjana Ganesan.
Jasprit Bumrah will become the first pacer after Kapil Dev to lead India in Test cricket. In 29 Test matches, he has 123 wickets at an average of 21.73, with eight five-wicket hauls.