Ian Bishop cautions Team India from not overburdening Jasprit Bumrah

Written by Vishwas Gupta

While Jasprit Bumrah’s career is just slightly over four years, Team India want to use him judiciously and do not wish to run the risk of overburdening their premier pacer. With the modern-day game requiring every player to survive the rigorous demands of all three formats, Bumrah needs to used in the best way possible.

Hence, former West Indies pacer Ian Bishop opined on Sony Ten’s Pit Stop show, “India are at the forefront, the vanguard, of this fast bowling renaissance because they obviously recognised this years ago. Jasprit is one of a small group of bowlers who transcend the various formats of the game. But you can’t expect him to last if he is playing every game in every format. The human body cannot do that. You have to manage these precious resources because he is a generational talent.”

Since his debut in 2016, Bumrah has been a force to reckon with in all forms of the game with his discipline, fitness, smart variations and has been the main partnership-breaker. In 14 Tests, 64 ODIs and 50 T20Is, Bumrah has claimed 68, 104 and 59 wickets respectively.

While he wasn’t at his usual best in India’s tour of New Zealand, earlier this year, he still picked up few crucial wickets — especially in the T20Is — and will be eager to return to the cricket field once the pandemic ends.

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