Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra backs Jasprit Bumrah to bring his A-game during the upcoming Test series against England. He feels Bumrah has done really well in the last five-six years since making his international debut.
Bumrah is going through a lean patch in international cricket. He has only seven wickets in his last four Test matches with an average above 50. He went wicketless during the recently played World Test Championship Final against New Zealand in Southampton.
However, Nehra is confident that Bumrah will do well in the five-match Test series between England and India.
“Here you are talking about a guy like Bumrah who has done really well in the last five-six years since his arrival. Don’t think there is any threat to Bumrah’s place on the side. It’s not like he hasn’t been bowling well for the last 10-12 Tests,” Nehra told Hindustan Times.
“Of course nobody is permanent. If the captain and coach think that you are not bowling well then, they can take a call but that I have not seen with Bumrah, Shami or Ishant. Sometimes you don’t pick as many wickets and when you come back from an injury, it gets tough for you, it’s not easy.
“But whenever I’ve seen Bumrah bowl, I haven’t felt he is not bowling well or he is not looking in a good rhythm.”
This will be Bumrah’s second Test series in England after touring here back in 2018. Back then, he grabbed a stunning five-wicket haul at Trent Bridge, the same venue where the series will kick off this time on August 4. Nehra backed Bumrah to bring his A-game to the table against England this summer.
“You don’t want to be too harsh on someone like Bumrah that he starts thinking that his place is not secured. Yes, you want to push them but I’m a firm believer that he is your main guy. When you talk about winning big tournaments or series, you want your core group to do well and I’m hoping Bumrah brings his A-game in England,” he added.
The first Test between England and India will be played in Nottingham from August 4, which will also mark the commencement of the World Test Championship 2021-23.