Jasprit Bumrah’s Ex-Factor Will Be Missed, Feels Former India Cricketers
Team India received a major jolt when star fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the three-match Test series against South Africa. While Bumrah will have to wait long to play his first Test at home, former India cricketers feel the host will miss his x-factor.
Since making his Test debut in South Africa in 2018, Bumrah has been in the headlines. He has come up the ranks to be India’s main bowler across formats. Beside, Jasprit Bumrah was in spectacular form in the recent Test series against West Indies and paved way for his side’s victory.
Notably, Bumrah has so far played in Test matches outside India and was looking forward to playing against South Africa at home. But an untimely injury has ruled him out of the contention. Jasprit Bumrah sustained a minor fracture on his lower back which will keep him out of action.Ajit Agarkar (Image Courtesy – AFP)
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Former India all-rounder Ajit Agarkar feels it will be a great loss for India and they will miss his x-factor. Moreover, Agarkar feels India have the capacity to manage his absence in home conditions but it would have been costly on away tours.
“In the 12 Tests that he [Bumrah] has played, he has done phenomenally well. The X-factor that he brings in is not easy to find. But in India, I can’t imagine it [Bumrah’s absence] will make a huge difference. If we had lost him to injury on an away tour then yes, it would have been difficult to cope with. India will miss certain qualities. If you look at the two teams, they [India] should beat South Africa with or without Bumrah,” Agarkar said to Mid Day.Karsan Ghavri. Credit: Twitter
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India have named veteran fast bowler Umesh Yadav as Jasprit Bumrah’s replacement. Umesh has been a great servant of Indian cricketer and will look to reclaim his Test spot. Meanwhile, Another former India pacer Karsan Ghavri feels although India will Jasprit Bumrah but they have the firepower to beat South Africa.
“He [Bumrah] will be missed but we have an able replacement in Umesh. We have three quality bowlers [Mohd Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh] who have the ability to take 20 wickets. Our fast bowling is not just dependent on one bowler. South Africa are relatively an inexperienced team and we will have the upper hand,” said Ghavri.