Aakash Chopra added that Jasprit Bumrah should take a break during IPL 2024, if required, instead of being rested in any of the upcoming three Tests between India and England. However, the five-match Test series is equally poised at 1-1. Bumrah, with 15 scalps, was the highest wicket-taker in the first two Tests and was chosen as the Player of the Match for his nine-wicket haul in the second game as well.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “I would say he won’t rest at all. To be very honest, he shouldn’t be rested as well, although a lot of people don’t agree with me on this. They say Bumrah should be rested and be kept in cotton wool as he is a national asset and a treasure. I agree with all of that but ultimately, a cricketer has to play. You will have to play Test matches because you are absolute gold dust and we don’t want to play without you. That’s what I believe. You can rest in the IPL if you want. It’s absolutely okay.”
Meanwhile, Aakash Chopra has also said that Jasprit Bumrah hasn’t played too much cricket lately. He also added that Bumrah can skip practice but shouldn’t miss any of the Tests.
“He didn’t play any cricket for a month after the World Cup got over. He played two Test matches in South Africa, which got over in two-and-a-half days apiece. After that, he hasn’t played any other white-ball cricket here. He has straightaway played Test cricket and there also, he has bowled only 60 overs thus far. So I would say that he should play. If you have to manage your workload anywhere, don’t practice. We just need you for the match. I want Jasprit Bumrah to play all Tests for India,” Aakash Chopra concluded.