India Are Capable of Dealing With Jasprit Bumrah’s Absence, Says Sachin Tendulkar
By Shruti - Oct 2, 2019 10:55 pm
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India have been playing the Test series without Jasprit Bumrah at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam and Sachin Tendulkar believes that the concept of the Test championship makes the Test cricket more interesting. While speaking to IANS on the eve of the first Test, Tendulkar spoken about this and shared that India are capable to manage without Bumrah.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar

“When it comes to Bumrah, you are surely going to miss someone of his caliber. But, I feel the Indian team does have the back-up strength as far as our fast bowling department is concerned. It looks pretty good to me and so is the spin bowling department,” he added.

“In the fast bowling department, we have got good back-up with plenty of experience now so we are in that fortunate position where even on the bench we have got very good options. We will miss Bumrah but not to the extent where if he had been playing for some other country where if you didn’t have many fast bowlers, you would miss your strike bowler. When it comes to spin bowling, the combination we have has delivered for a number of years and so, I feel that our bowling should be able to create that pressure on South African batting,” he explained.

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While the team is still looking for someone to fill the place of Zaheer Khan, Sachin Tendulkar feels that having a left-arm seamer definitely helps the team not only in the variation but also help the spinners in the third and fourth innings of a Test match.

“Yes, a left-arm seamer would bring in variety as more the variation, tougher it gets for the batsman. He would come into play on the first morning and more so when a team bowls third or fourth as the left-arm seamer would create the rough areas wherein the off-spinner bowling from the opposite end would use the rough, just like a left-arm spinner uses the rough created by the right-arm seamer. So, a left-arm seamer adds value to the team as a wicket-taking bowler as also in creating that rough patch for an off-spinner,” he pointed.