IND v ENG: Suryakumar Yadav likely to be picked for limited overs, Bumrah may be rested


After the end of the four-match Test series, Team India will play the limited-overs series against England, first in Ahmedabad and then in Pune. However, the team management is likely to give a rest to their pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah for the eight white-ball games as part of the team’s workload management programme.


The series will be played in March. It is also noteworthy that, Bumrah was rested for the second Test in Chennai as well, which India convincingly won by 317 runs to level the four-match Test series 1-1. However, Jasprit Bumrah will play in the upcoming two highly-anticipated Test matches in Ahmedabad, which will also decide who will take on New Zealand in the inaugural World Test Championship final as well in Lord’s in June.

“Jassi has already bowled close to 180 overs, including nearly 150 overs (149.4 overs) in four Test matches (till first Test versus England) since the start of Australian tour. Add to that, the number of hours spent on the field. It is only logical that after these two Tests in Motera, where he will have a big role to play, he should be given rest for white ball leg,” a senior BCCI official, before the developments, said to the PTI on condition of anonymity.

On the other hand, the decision behind this could be different as these five Twenty20 Internationals and three One Day Internationals against England is going to be the last chance for the Indian team management to have a look at all the options going into the T20 World Cup later this year.

“Bhuvneshwar Kumar might make a comeback and Mohammed Shami after a break will play a few white ball games. Nattu (T Natarajan) and Saini will also come back in the white ball teams. As far as Jassi is concerned, he can well get ready playing 14 to 16 high intensity IPL games for Mumbai Indians,” the source further added.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians’ batsman Suryakumar Yadav might get the chance after having tasted a fair share of success and constantly failing to make it to the cut. He didn’t get the chance in the white-ball tours of New Zealand and Australia last year as well. However, this could be a chance to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup later this year as well.

“With KL Rahul being one of the foremost choices with gloves and Rishabh Pant back in form, Suryakumar is likely to get a chance ahead of Sanju Samson,” the source again shared.

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