India‘s decision to rest Jasprit Bumrah for the fourth Test against England underscores the team management’s strategic approach towards managing the workload of their premier fast bowler. Bumrah’s workload has been substantial, considering his pivotal role in the team across all formats, and the BCCI’s decision aims to ensure his long-term fitness and performance sustainability.

Who will fill the vacant spot left by Jasprit Bumrah?

Bumrah’s absence will pose a significant challenge for India, as he has been the standout performer with the ball in the series so far. He has picked up 17 wickets at an average of 13.64 in six innings. His ability to generate pace, seam movement and pinpoint accuracy has troubled the English batters consistently. With Bumrah unavailable, India will have to rely on their other pace options to step up and fill the void left by the star pacer.

In Bumrah’s absence, the responsibility of leading the Indian pace attack fall on the shoulders of young gun Mohammed Siraj, who will either assisted by Mukesh Kumar or Akash Deep.  These bowlers will need to elevate their performances and provide crucial breakthroughs to maintain India’s 2-1 in the series.

KL Rahul continues to sit out

Additionally, KL Rahul‘s continued absence due to injury further complicates India’s team selection dilemma. Rahul’s solidity in the middle order has been missed, and his absence has forced India to make adjustments to their batting lineup.

On a positive note, the return of fast bowler Mukesh Kumar adds depth to India’s pace bowling resources. Kumar’s ability to generate pace and movement can offer valuable support to the frontline bowlers and provide India with additional options to exploit England’s batting lineup.

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Heading into the fourth Test in Ranchi, India will look to build on their momentum from the previous victory in Rajkot. However, the absence of Bumrah and Rahul underscores the challenges they will face against a determined English side keen to level the series. The team management will need to make calculated decisions and ensure that the players are adequately prepared to maintain India’s dominance on home turf.

India squad for the fourth Test against England:

Rohit Sharma (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Devdutt Padikkal, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep

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