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Jasprit Bumrah To Miss Ranchi Test As India Manages Workload Strategically
By CricShots - Feb 19, 2024 11:03 am
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Team India is gearing up to rest their formidable bowler and vice-captain, Jasprit Bumrah, for the upcoming fourth Test against England. This strategic move comes after India secured a 2-1 lead in the ongoing five-match series. Bumrah, who made a triumphant return last year after an 11-month hiatus due to a back injury, has been meticulously managed by the Indian cricket management.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah

Since the 2023 World Cup, Bumrah has predominantly featured in Test matches for India, notably in the recent series against South Africa and England. Reports suggest that Bumrah was initially slated to be rested for the Rajkot Test, but the decision has been deferred to the Ranchi game to align with the team’s workload management strategy, considering the upcoming IPL and T20 World Cup.

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This break will offer Bumrah nearly 20 days of respite before he reenters the fray for the series finale in Dharamsala, commencing on March 7, contingent upon the outcome of the Ranchi Test. Over the course of six innings in the ongoing series, Bumrah has delivered over 80 overs, showcasing his pivotal role in India’s bowling attack.

 

In Bumrah’s absence, the team is likely to turn to alternatives like Mukesh Kumar or opt for a fourth spinner, particularly if the pitch leans towards spin. Mukesh Kumar, who was temporarily released from the squad to participate in the Ranji Trophy, demonstrated his prowess with a stellar performance for Bengal against Bihar, clinching a total of 10 wickets.

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Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj, another key asset, was rested for the second Test to manage his workload effectively, given his consistent appearances for India in recent months. With India already leading the series 2-1 following a resounding victory in Rajkot, the focus now shifts to Ranchi, where the hosts aim to clinch the series victory.

The upcoming fourth Test in Ranchi holds significance as it marks only the third Test match to be held at the JSCA Stadium. India has a mixed track record at this venue, having won against South Africa in 2019 while settling for a draw against Australia in 2017.