Bringing back ‘unorthodox’ Jasprit Bumrah is important for India, says Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir talked about Rishabh Pant, Ravi Ashwin and the tailenders' roles going into the second day.
Updated - Aug 19, 2018 3:36 pm
India, after the close of the first day’s play of the third Test against England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, would be reasonably happy. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane scored 97 and 81 runs respectively to pull the visiting team out of the pits after they were reduced from 60/0 to 82/3 courtesy of fast bowler Chris Woakes stupendous display of bowling in the pre-lunch session.
England, on the contrary, would be disappointed for the reason that they let India off the hooks after getting them by the scruff of their necks. For the first instance in the series, Kohli’s men crossed the 300-run mark and would love to add more runs before they come out to bowl. Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir talked about Rishabh Pant, Ravi Ashwin and the tailenders’ roles going into the second day.
Bringing back Jasprit Bumrah would be important
“India are in a good position and would be looking to get 80-run runs. If they get to 400, then the bowlers would be happy with the total on board. But in England, we all know that things can change very quickly and India would be hoping for another partnership between Pant and Ashwin and contributions from the three seamers as well.
Whatever runs you put on the board, it’s going to be important as India are playing with five bowlers. So they’ve gone in the match thinking that they can take 20 wickets, but putting runs on the board will also be very important,” Gambhir was quoted as saying in The Times of India (TOI).
The 36-year-old also told that Jasprit Bumrah’s return can work out well for the Indian team. Bumrah made a comeback after recovering from a thumb injury. Previously, he missed the T20I, ODI series and then went on to be sidelined from the first two Tests owing to the same injury. Moreover, Gambhir praised the bowling combination.
“Bringing back Jasprit Bumrah would be important as he is someone who is different and unorthodox. He can get the ball to swing at 140 kmph. I’m sure this is a much better bowling attack what we saw in the second Test match with three seamers plus Ashwin and Hardik Pandya as the fourth seamer if you want to do a containing job,” the left-handed batsman added.