India vs England – Why India has rested Jasprit Bumrah? If England decided to rest their star performer James Anderson for the 2nd Test, India was quick to respond. India surprised everyone by resting Jasprit Bumrah. However, former India opener Gautam Gambhir backed the Indian team management’s decision to rest pacer Jasprit Bumrah for the second Test against England in Chennai on Saturday.
The Indian team’s pace bowling spearhead has been replaced by Gabba hero Mohammed Siraj in the playing eleven. “I think it is a good decision to rest him. He will be ready to go in the pink-ball Test match. There is nothing for the fast bowlers here and he has bowled a lot of overs in Australia and the first Test match, so I think it was a very good decision from the team management’s point of view,” Gambhir said on Star Sports’ show Cricket Live.
The 27-year-old had missed the Brisbane Test in Australia last month which India has won in his absence and retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
“You would want to have Jasprit Bumrah for the crucial Test matches, the pink ball one and the fourth Test and there will be hardly any gap between the two. So, I think it is the right decision,” Gambhir added.
Bumrah returned to the starting line-up and bagged four wickets but could not save India from a massive 227 runs defeat. It was the Indian pacer’s first Test on home soil. Indian skipper Virat Kohli explained that it is important to manage the workload and therefore the team management has decided to rest him.
“Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for this game. We need to manage his workload. Mohammad Siraj comes in for him and he brings good variety,” India captain Virat Kohli said at the toss, which he won and elected to bat first at the Chepauk.
Siraj played 3 Tests in Australia and finished as India’s highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps at 29.53 which also included a maiden five-wicket haul in the victorious fourth Test.