Gautam Gambhir believes it will be unfair on Jasprit Bumrah if he plays all 4 Tests at home against England. The star India pacer picked an abdominal strain during the SCG Test and is now doubtful for final Test at Brisbane. The former India cricketer indicated that Bumrah should be rested during the Test series against England.
Gambhir rates Bumrah extremely highly and pointed out that he will continue to lead the bowling attack of India for a very long time. However, it is imperative that the team management manages the workload of Bumrah and use him smartly going ahead. Gambhir added that India needs Bumrah to be fully fit hinting about the away serious against England and South Africa later this year.
Unfair on Jasprit Bumrah if he plays all 4 Tests against England- Gautam Gambhir
The Indian team is struggling with injuries currently which isn’t a great sign as the England series is just around the corner. Gambhir added that the management has used Bumrah well thus far as he has only played Test cricket away from home.
“you got to look after him (Bumrah) as well because he is going to be the leader of the attack for a very long time, so him being fit is very important”, the World Cup-winning left-handed batsman told Star Sports.
“So when India plays England in the 4-Test match series…I know, yes, Mohd Shami is unfit, Ishant Sharma is unfit, Umesh Yadav is unfit but you can’t afford to play Jasprit Bumrah in all the 4 Test matches, it will be very unfair on him”, Gambhir added.’
Meanwhile, Gambhir continued that a fit Bumrah will be penetrating in every condition thus should be used smartly going ahead. He asserted that Bumrah will be threatening even in India as he can get the ball to reverse on up and down pitches.
“See again, he (Bumrah) hasn’t played a Test match in India till now, Has he? He hasn’t. So, I’m sure the Indian team management has looked after Jasprit Bumrah reasonably well. They have actually used him in places like England, South Africa and Australia, where he has got to be even more threatening”.
“I’m not saying he is not going to be threatening in India. He is going to be even more threatening in India, where wickets can get low and slow and he can reverse the ball really well”, Gambhir concluded.