Former Indian players debate over the use of Jasprit Bumrah as a night watchman

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Team India had to deploy the use of a night watchman after Prithvi Shaw was dismissed with just only a couple of overs remaining in the day. Coming off his maiden fifty in the warmup game, Jasprit Bumrah was sent in to negotiate the end of day’s play. The move has brought in different reactions from pundits. 

Usually, the night watchman role has been taken up by the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav. The move to bring out Bumrah stunned many, one of them being former India spinner Pragyan Ojha.

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Ojha believed that bringing Bumrah over to deal with the new ball pair of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins was not a wise move considering the importance of the pacer to the Indian team.

“Bumrah with the ball is a bigger asset than going out there and batting. I would not have sent him (as the nightwatchman). Maybe I would have sent somebody else but not Bumrah because he is your number one bowler,”

“I have spoken to fast bowlers, when they tour abroad, they have an extra layer of protection in their shoes to avoid injuries while batting. Those injuries can cost you the series. Because it’s Bumrah and we have another three Tests to go, as a team he is very important for us.” Ojha opined

On the other hand, former wicket-keeper batsman Deep Dasgupta felt that sending Bumrah was a justified move on a defensive note. He felt that it also justified the role of a night watchman with Bumrah successfully defending his wicket and protecting the rest of the batting line-up for the day.

I agree with the decision because defensively he is your best option unless you want to send Ashwin. The whole concept of a night watchman is to protect the batsman who’s out in there and those who are going to come after that,”

“If you’re looking at a defensive technique then I’d pick Bumrah over the others. I would have actually asked Ashwin if he wanted to bat as nightwatchman even though I think he’s a proper batsman. But I’m alright with Bumrah going in.”

Team India only lost the wicket of Shaw in their second innings on the second day with the score reading 9-1 with a lead of 62 runs.

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