In the second Test, Bumrah claimed nine wickets for 91 runs, earning him the Player of the Match award.
Following a 106-run victory in the second Test in Visakhapatnam to level the series at one, India will now be preparing for the third Test against England. On February 15, the third match will take place at Rajkot’s Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
It is probable that Jasprit Bumrah, the star of the second Test, would have a rest for the third match. According to Cricbuzz’s most recent reports, the national selectors have discussed benching the star speedster with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), as a break will enable him to recover for the last two matches. Other candidates who might take Bumrah’s place will be investigated by the selectors.
Bumrah demonstrated his skill by bowling over 32 overs in two innings, which helped India beat England in 253 and 292, respectively. Throughout the innings, the 30-year-old has taken nine wickets for a total of just 91 runs. Notably, he was able to win Player of the Match thanks to his outstanding performance.
Speaking of the first Test match in Hyderabad, where the team captained by Rohit Sharma experienced a dramatic defeat, losing by a just 28 runs, Bumrah had proven his mettle there as well. During about twenty-five overs, the elite fast bowler claimed six wickets.
It is expected that Mohammed Siraj, who was rested for the Vizag Test, will play in the third game. In the Rajkot Test, the right-arm bowler is probably going to spearhead the pace attack. He then re-unites with Bumrah for the other two matches, which are scheduled for Ranchi and Dharamsala, respectively.
For the third game, Mohammed Siraj—who was benched for the Vizag Test—is probably going to come back. Before teaming up again with Bumrah for the last two matches, which will take place in Ranchi and Dharamsala, respectively, the right-arm bowler is probably going to spearhead the pace attack in the Rajkot Test.
Mohammed Shami, the other pace option for India, is currently receiving treatment overseas for an ankle injury, so he is not healthy enough to make a comeback. In the meantime, there are doubts about the fitness of one of his generation’s top all-rounders, Ravindra Jadeja. It’s also improbable that former captain of India Virat Kohli, who missed the first two Test matches due to personal reasons, will be included in the squad for the third Test.
Mohammed Shami, India’s other pace option, is presently overseas receiving treatment for an ankle injury, so he is not fit to make a comeback. One of the best all-rounders of his time, Ravindra Jadeja, is also questionable about his condition. Virat Kohli, the previous captain of India, is also unlikely to be included in the squad for the third Test after withdrawing from the first two matches due to personal concerns.