The crowd at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will not be able to enjoy the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah. Notably, the fast bowler was released from the Indian Test squad ahead of the fourth and final Test between India and England.
India is leading the series by winning two Tests, whereas the visitors have won one of the three Tests played so far. The fourth Test is scheduled from March 4.
Personal grounds cited by Jasprit Bumrah
The pacer requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to be released from the Test squad on personal ground and the board agreed to it.
BCCI in a statement said, “Jasprit Bumrah made a request to BCCI to be released from India’s squad ahead of the fourth Test owing to personal reasons. Accordingly, the fast bowler has been released and he will not be available for selection for the fourth Test.”
The board also clarified that there will be no replacement for Bumrah for the final Test. It is likely that Bumrah will be replaced either with Mohammed Siraj or Umesh Yadav in the playing XI.
Jasprit Bumrah who was required in England’s second innings as Virat Kohli operated with spinners Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin, bowled only 6 overs in the first innings of the pink-ball Test on his home ground without picking up a wicket.
The pacer was rested for the second Test after he picked up 3 for 84 and 1 for 26 in the first Test in Chennai.
Indian Test squad
The squad for the fourth Test will be led by Virat Kohli (Captain). The other players in the squad include Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Md. Siraj and Umesh Yadav.
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