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It is possible that India will give Jasprit Bumrah a break for the third Test against England.
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It is possible that India will give Jasprit Bumrah a break for the third Test against England.

There is a possibility that England may receive a surprising chance in the upcoming third Test in Rajkot as India is reportedly thinking about giving Jasprit Bumrah a break. Bumrah played a crucial role in India’s victory in Visakhapatnam, taking nine wickets in the match and using reverse swing to secure six of them on day two. This led to a 106-run win for India, leveling the series at one win each.

However, even though India won with a day to spare, giving them a nine-day break between Tests, an article on Cricbuzz has proposed that the 30-year-old may now be given even more time to rest before participating in the last two Tests. As there will be an eight-day interval between the Ranchi and Dharamshala matches, his workload would be distributed more evenly.

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According to a reliable source, this situation is highly likely to happen. Considering the current score and the remaining time until the series resumes on February 15th, it would be an unexpected decision by India, but one that would be appreciated by England.

Bumrah, who has bowled 57 overs in the series and claimed 15 wickets at 10 runs apiece, represents a precious all-format commodity for India. Last year, he returned from a 10-month lay-off with a lower back stress fracture before playing a full part in the 50-over World Cup and two Test matches in South Africa last month. After the Test series against England comes the two-month Indian Premier League and the T20 World Cup in June.

The Indian team has not yet revealed their players for the upcoming two Tests. It is uncertain if Virat Kohli will join the team after his break due to personal reasons. Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul were absent in the second Test due to injuries, but Rahul is expected to make a comeback in Rajkot. Mohammed Siraj, who was rested in the second Test despite bowling only 11 overs in the first, may take Bumrah’s place in the team.

Source: theguardian.com