Star Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah’s meteoric rise to the summit of the ICC Test bowling rankings has sparked widespread acclaim following his stellar performance against England in Visakhapatnam. Bumrah’s remarkable match-winning haul of 9/91 propelled him to the number one spot, overtaking his compatriot Ravichandran Ashwin.
Having played four consecutive Tests since December 26, 2023, speculation abounds regarding Bumrah’s potential rest in the upcoming third Test, scheduled to commence on February 15 at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.
Reports suggest that the team management has afforded Bumrah the autonomy to decide his participation in the forthcoming fixture, contingent upon a medical assessment of his workload management. Despite the possibility of a rest, Bumrah’s formidable presence has been pivotal in dismantling England’s batting lineup, emerging as the leading wicket-taker of the series.
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With 15 wickets to his credit from four innings, Bumrah boasts an impressive average of 10.66 and an economy rate of 2.76. His standout performance in Visakhapatnam, where he delivered the second-best figures of his career (9/91), underscored his match-winning prowess.
Of particular note was Bumrah’s delivery to Ollie Pope in the first innings, a searing yorker that shattered the batsman’s stumps with surgical precision. With Bumrah leading the charge, India’s seam attack is poised for further reinforcement with the return of Mohammed Siraj in the upcoming Test.
Amidst uncertainties surrounding Virat Kohli’s availability, the BCCI is expected to announce the squad for the remaining three Tests on Thursday, February 08. Nevertheless, the potential return of KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja in the third Test augurs well for India’s quest for dominance against England.