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Jasprit Bumrah is bowling surplus overs in a short period of time: Zaheer Khan

By Bet Barter

January 8, 2021

Zaheer Khan has cautioned Jasprit Bumrah to be considerate of his workload management. The left-arm bowler has asked him to take enough breaks between spells in Test cricket. Bumrah bowled a tally of 14 overs on the first day of the third Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

In a discussion, Zaheer and Manjrekar gave their opinions on Jasprit Bumrah's bowling performance on Day one. Manjrekar stated that the bowler had given his best on the first day. Considering that he could have bowled a few more away-going deliveries.

Sanjay Manjrekar also highlighted that Jasprit Bumrah had bowled as per the men's plans in blue. The 27-year-old attacked the Australian batting line-up with a surplus of leg-side fielders.

Jasprit Bumrah fitness is crucial for the Indian team: Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan also pointed out that Jasprit Bumrah's workload needs to be appropriately managed. It also stated that the Indian side is having the luxury of using five specialist bowlers. The retired left-arm pacer, who had a first-hand experience working with Jasprit Bumrah at the Mumbai Indians, hopes that he realises how essential he is for the Indian bowling unit.

The 42-year-old signed off by notifying that he does not want Bumrah to bowl sparingly. The Indian team management might be a worrying lot as Jasprit Bumrah took an ungainly tumble while chasing the ball on the first day of the Sydney Test. The Gujarat pacer was stumbling a little, but he was back on his feet and continued to bowl.

After the injury-enforced absence of Shami, Sharma and Yadav, the burden is now on Bumrah to lead the bowling department. In the second session of day two, prolific Australia batsman Steve Smith scored a brilliant hundred as the hosts scored 338. The entire team was out in the second session of the third Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground today.

Apart from Smith, Marnus Labuschagne made a significant contribution of 91 runs. Debutant Australian opening batsman Will Pucovski had also scored 62 on Day 1. For the visitors, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja returned with figures of 4/62 in his 18 overs. Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Navdeep Saini picked up two wickets, whereas Mohammed Siraj could only scalp one wicket. India’s ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin went wicket-less in his 24 overs spell and conceded 74 runs.

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