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Stuart Broad Questions Decision To Rest Jasprit Bumrah As England Dominates 4th Test
By CricShots - Feb 24, 2024 6:18 pm
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Former England fast bowler Stuart Broad expressed his excitement about England’s dominance on the second day of the 4th Test against India in Ranchi. Broad noted that the tourists were “massively on top” as the spin duo of Shoaib Bashir and Tom Hartley created challenges for the Indian batters on the tricky Jharkhand Cricket Association Stadium pitch.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah

While acknowledging Shoaib Bashir’s consistent performance, Broad raised questions about India’s decision to rest the world’s No. 1 Test bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, for the 4th Test. The Indian team found themselves in a challenging position at 177 for 2 on a pitch showing uneven bounce, putting them at risk of conceding a significant first-innings lead.

Reflecting on the series so far, Broad emphasized the importance of winning the toss and batting first. He highlighted the significant role played by England’s recovery from 112 for 5 to post 353 in the first innings of the ongoing Test. Broad also expressed his confusion regarding Bumrah’s absence, given his limited workload in the previous innings.

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“England massively on top. Spinners bowling accurately, uneven bounce. Cracks. Bowler’s dream. 350 looks 100 above par. Toss in this series seems crucial. Bat first, dominate the game. Bumrah ‘rested’ – can’t understand it. Eight overs in his last innings. Handed initiative back to England,” Broad shared on social media, while also criticizing the pitch prepared for the 4th Test.

The decision to rest Bumrah raised eyebrows, particularly as India had a chance to seal the series victory. The absence of Bumrah, known for his ability to exploit challenging conditions, became evident on a pitch that showcased variable bounce.

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Shoaib Bashir, in only his second Test appearance, emerged as a significant threat for the Indian batters on Day 2. His crucial wicket of Yashasvi Jaiswal, who was holding the innings together with a gritty 73, tilted the advantage in England’s favour. Broad’s assessment captured the pivotal moments in the ongoing Test and raised valid questions about India’s strategic decisions.