Day one of the ongoing second Test saw a brilliant knock from Rohit Sharma. Rohit played a well-paced knock of 161 to put India in the driver’s seat at the end of day one. The knock saw him masterfully executing the sweep shot as he took the fight to the opposition. The Indian opener put up a century stand with Ajinkya Rahane to stable India’s ship following some early hiccups.
After the day’s play, Rohit and Rahane spoke about their stand in an interview for BCCI TV. And Rohit was involved in a hilarious incident on camera. Talking of the side’s performance, the Mumbai batsman forgot that Jasprit Bumrah isn’t a part of the current Test. Rohit said that while Rishabh Pant and Axar Patel were in the middle, Bumrah was yet to bat.
While he immediately realised the mistake, Rahane and Ishant Sharma were seen correcting him in a video shared by the BCCI. Rahane further said, “Bumrah aa gaye naam sunte hi (Jasprit Bumrah has arrived after hearing his name).”
Reactions on resting Jasprit Bumrah
Bumrah has been rested for the game keeping in mind the amount of cricket India is to play soon. But the move was not well received by former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar. Gavaskar feels that there is enough gap between games to keep a bolwer fresh. And with the World Test Championship and series on the line, it wasn’t a wise decision.
“I don’t quite understand the decision to rest Bumrah, especially considering there’s a 7-day break between the second Test and the third. These are not the cricketers of the past but belong to a generation of players that is supremely fit,” Gavaskar stated.
On the other hand, Gautam Gambhir, who had earlier suggested the move, was happy with the management’s decision. Gambhir explains that fast bowlers have toil hard in the subcontinent. And given how much he bowled in the last series against Australia, Bumrah deserves a break.
“I think it is a good decision to rest him. He will be ready to go in the pink-ball Test match. There is nothing for the fast bowlers here and he has bowled a lot of overs in Australia and the first Test match, so I think it was a very good decision from the team management’s point of view,” Gambhir said.