Jasprit Bumrah to skip 4th Test? India land in Ranchi without the pacer – Reports

India pacer Jasprit Bumrah is all set to be rested for the fourth Test against England. The match between the two teams is set to take place at the Jharkhand Cricket Association in Ranchi from 23rd February with the series being 2-1 in favour of the hosts.

The Indian team arrived in Ranchi on Tuesday (20th February) and as per the reports in News 18, it is learned that Jasprit Bumrah didn’t land with the team and only Akash Deep and Mohammed Siraj were the two pacers with the team that took flight from Rajkot.

Jasprit Bumrah has been the main reason why India has been at the top in the series. The fast bowler is likely to be rested because of his workload management. The fast bowler has bowled over 80 overs in just three games that have happened so far in the series.

There were a few reports which stated that Jasprit Bumrah was in contention to be rested for the Rajkot Test. But with the series being at a crucial juncture,  team management wasn’t in favor of resting him as there was a 10-day break between the second and third game.

Jasprit Bumrah is the leading wicket-taker for India in the Test series. He has been handling the Indian bowling lineup in the series. Despite the wickers being spin-friendly, the fast bowler has been magnificent and has taken over 15 wickets in the series.

With Jasprit Bumrah likely to be rested, it is expected that Mukesh Kumar will be rejoining the squad ahead of the Test. He was released from the squad ahead of the third Test and turned up for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy contest. The fast bowler picked 6 wickets and showed great form.

There might also be a possibility that team management might give Akash Deep a debut. The fast bowler was named in the squad for the last three games. He was included in the team after his impressive performances in the domestic circuit for his team.

No Jasprit Bumrah as Rohit Sharma and Co. arrived at the Birsa Munda Airport

As the Indian team arrived in at the Birsa Munda Airport, they received huge cheers from the crowd.  There were loud cheers for Rohit Sharma, coach Rahul Dravid, and Shubman Gill as they made their way to the team bus waiting right in front of the exit gate. Ravichandran Ashwin also was greeted

Apart from that, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sarfaraz Khan, and Ravindra Jadeja also got a rousing reception on their arrival. The series between India and England is in favor of the hosts. The Rohit Sharma-led side suffered a loss in the first game and then made a strong comeback.

India won the last two games by a big margin and would be keen to seal the series in the next game itself. Without the services of Jasprit Bumrah, it will be tough for the team to tackle England batters. But it will be an opportunity for someone else to grab the spot.

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