Ashley Giles Feels Jasprit Bumrah Becoming India Captain Will Create Confusion
By CricShots - Jul 1, 2022 6:12 pm
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Former England left-arm spinner, Ashley Giles reckons that making Jasprit Bumrah the captain of India has created a possibility of a lot of confusion. Calling Bumrah India’s premier fast bowler, Giles said he might be in a dilemma about how to use himself during the rescheduled fifth Test against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham starting Friday (July 1).

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah

During a chat on ESPNCricinfo, Ashley Giles said, “That’s the interesting point.. Giving the captaincy to your most potent bowler and your strike bowler. And we’ve seen in the past that this can cause some confusion just for the bowler and captain himself. When do they bowl themself, how much do they bowl? And that’s why we perhaps don’t see fast bowlers captaining international teams in test matches that much particularly in recent times.”

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Jasprit Bumrah has become the first out and out fast bowler to lead in a Test. It was Kapil Dev who last led India in a Test way back in 1986. The Indian selectors appointed Bumrah to lead the team in the Birmingham Test as designated skipper Rohit Sharma was ruled out due to Covud-19. India hadn’t named a deputy skipper for this Test but Bumrah was given the role in the home series against Sri Lanka.

Ashley Giles

Ashley Giles said, “But clearly, the way India have used Bumrah as their vice-captain, they rate his leadership skills, they are trying to groom him in that responsibility so I think he’ll be fine as he will also have some great guys around him.”

Taking on an in-form England side will be a big challenge but Bumrah is up for it.

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One the eve of the game, Jasprit Bumrah said, “The taste of success feels good when there is pressure. I am always up for responsibilities and I love to be in tough challenges. As a cricketer, you always want to test yourself in deep waters. I have spoken to many cricketers. Everybody improves and keep getting better. Representing India in Tests was always a dream for me and this opportunity to lead the side is the biggest achievement of my career.”