Bumrah’s Absence Worries India in Ranchi


Bumrah’s stellar performance in the series thus far, coupled with his ability to generate reverse swing, has made him a formidable force in India’s bowling arsenal…reports Asian Lite News

Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg feels that Indian star pacer Jasprit Bumrah’s absence in the fourth Test against England, stating on Friday, could spell trouble for the hosts adding that it will add pressure on his fellow fast bowler Mohammad Siraj.

Bumrah’s stellar performance in the series thus far, coupled with his ability to generate reverse swing, has made him a formidable force in India’s bowling arsenal. With 17 wickets to his name and a Player of the Match award under his belt, Bumrah’s absence leaves a significant void in the Indian lineup, according to Hogg.

“Bumrah not playing the next match is obviously going to play in the hands of England. Getting a bit of reverse swing, he is probably the best fast bowler in this Test series. It is going to cause India some problems going into the next game. It is going to put a lot of pressure on Siraj,” said Brad Hogg on his YouTube channel.

However, Hogg also acknowledges the necessity of managing Bumrah’s workload, particularly with major tournaments like the T20 World Cup and the IPL on the horizon. He also expressed confidence in Siraj’s ability to step up and lead the bowling attack.

“You have to manage his workload. As a fast bowler, playing all three formats is the toughest thing in cricket. You need to preserve him for the T20 World Cup around the corner. Mumbai Indians need him too in the IPL. If they miss him, they won’t be doing well either,” he said.

In addition to discussing India’s bowling conundrum, Hogg showers praise on Indian captain Rohit Sharma for his leadership tactics against England in Rajkot.

“I am loving the way Rohit Sharma is captaining this team against England. I like the way he is backing his bowlers. Yes England are going hard against the bowlers, but you got to show the courage to set the right fields and give your bowlers the best chance of picking wickets,” added Hogg.

Meanwhile, as England prepares for the Ranchi Test, they’ve made strategic changes to their lineup, with Ollie Robinson and Shoaib Bashir stepping in. With the spotlight now on India’s selection dilemma in Bumrah’s absence, speculation abounds regarding their choice of replacement, whether it be an extra spinner, Mukesh Kumar, or debutant Akash Deep.

The fourth Test of the five-match Test series will start on Friday at Ranchi.

Robinson, Bashir Make ENG XI

England have brought in fast-bowler Ollie Robinson and off-spinner Shoaib Bashir into their playing eleven for the fourth Test against India, starting here at the JSCA International Stadium on Friday.

The duo replace tearaway pacer Mark Wood and leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed respectively in the starting eleven at Ranchi, which shapes to be a crucial Test for England. The visitors’ are 2-1 behind in the ongoing five-match series following the heavy 434-run defeat at Rajkot.

The Ben Stokes-led side must win at Ranchi to force the last Test match at Dharamshala into a series decider. Robinson’s last Test match for England was the third Ashes game at Headingley last year, where he bowled just 11.2 overs in the first innings before a back spasm forced him on the sidelines for the rest of the series.

The Test at Ranchi will also be Robinson’s first game in India in the longer format. On the other hand, this will be Bashir’s second game in the format after being handed his Test debut at Visakhapatnam, where he picked four wickets.

While Robinson and James Anderson will handle the fast-bowling duties, Bashir joins Tom Hartley and part-timer Joe Root in the spin-bowling department. Jonny Bairstow has retained his place in the playing eleven despite averaging 17 in the ongoing series, with his highest score being 37.

England’s playing eleven for the fourth Test: Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Ben Foakes, Tom Hartley, Ollie Robinson, Shoaib Bashir, and James Anderson

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