“Bumrah’s eagerly awaited arrival in Rajkot to join the Indian team adds a much-needed boost to the squad. As fans anticipate witnessing his exceptional skills on the field, his presence promises an exciting turn of events. Stay tuned to catch the action-packed moments as Bumrah gears up to showcase his talent in the upcoming matches!”
As the Indian cricket team prepares for the third Test against England in Rajkot, there is one notable absence from the practice session – Jasprit Bumrah. According to sources, Bumrah has yet to join his teammates in Rajkot and is expected to arrive on Tuesday night. The pace ace is expected to participate in the practice session on Wednesday, ahead of the crucial Test match.
It was initially reported that Bumrah would be rested for the game as part of the team’s workload management. However, this decision was later reversed, and he is likely to spearhead the bowling attack against England in Rajkot. The Indian team management is still deliberating whether to opt for a four-bowler or five-pronged attack strategy. In the previous Tests, India has gone with a five-bowler strategy, with the second pacer having limited involvement.
There is also consideration to include an extra batsman in the lineup, given the inexperience in the absence of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. The conditions in Rajkot are expected to favor the bowlers, and England has opted for only four bowlers in both Tests so far. The final decision on the team composition will be up to skipper Rohit Sharma.
The Rajkot pitch is traditionally known as a slow turner, and it appeared slightly green in the morning but turned brownish by the afternoon. The black soil beneath is expected to aid both bowlers and batsmen. England batsman Ollie Pope commented on the pitch, stating that it looks like a pretty good pitch at the moment. However, they will wait for the Indian team to inspect the pitch and decide whether to make any adjustments.
Overall, Bumrah’s absence from the practice session raises some questions about his availability for the upcoming Test. The team management will need to carefully consider the team composition, taking into account the conditions and the opposition’s strategy. The final decision will have a significant impact on India’s chances in the crucial third Test against England.
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