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You don’t rest your number one bowler: Sunil Gavaskar

February 15, 2021

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Legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar questioned the Indian team management for their team selection against England in the second Test. India decided to rest their pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah for the second Test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. The hosts have made three changes to the side that lost the first Test. Team India has decided to bring in Siraj in place of Bumrah. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav have also got a place in the squad.

The former Indian captain pointed out that he doesn't understand the philosophy of giving rest to fit players when there was a seven-day break between the first and second Test. Bumrah was the pick of Indian bowlers in the opening match as he scalped four wickets. Gavaskar further reckoned that after losing a crucial game, you cannot rest your number one pacer

Jasprit Bumrah performed well in the first Test against England. On the pitch that favoured the batsmen more, the 27-year-old picked up three crucial wickets of Dominic Sibley, Daniel Lawrence and Dom Bess. In the third innings, India's star bowler once again weaved his magic and dismantled the visitors with his pace and accuracy. The third innings saw Bumrah picking a vital wicket of in-form England captain Joe Root. Root was playing at 40 runs after facing just 32 deliveries.

Rohit struck a brilliant hundred on day one of 2nd Test against England

In the second Test, Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat first. However, the hosts suffered an early blow as opener Shubman Gill departed on a duck. Olly Stone trapped the young opening batsman in just second over of the day. After his departure, Sharma and Pujara stitched a half-century partnership to steady India's innings. Rohit hit a brilliant hundred whereas Rahane scored a sublime half-century to put India in a commanding position. Rohit smashed 17 boundaries and two sixes in his remarkable innings of 161. 

Virat Kohli and the team have dropped down to the fourth position in the ICC World Test Championship table after the defeat in the first match. One more loss in the series would eliminate team India from the tournament. Considering the crowd is back, Kohli would be eyeing a good contest against a determined team like England. The hosts will now need to win two matches and not lose any games to qualify for the WTC final.

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