The Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah was recently appointed as captain of Team India for the rescheduled fifth and final Test match at Edgbaston starting Friday, July 1. The decision came after Rohit Sharma was ruled out due to COVID-19. It turns out that the former Indian batter Wasim Jaffer is not a fan of the decision. Jaffer believes that the Indian ace batter Cheteshwar Pujara should have been named the skipper, given the experience of leading in first-class cricket and is a ‘decent enough’ leader.
Wasim Jaffer explains why Jasprit Bumrah shouldn’t have been the skipper
Jaffer also mentioned that the Saurashtra cricketer has already played 95 Test matches for India which according to him was enough for Pujara to get the role.
There will be some notable members missing from the one-off Test. Indian batting ace KL Rahul who is out with an injury, and potentially Ravichandran Ashwin, who recently contracted COVID-19. KL Rahul recently underwent successful surgery in Germany. Thus, Bumrah was given the responsibility.
“I have seen Pujara lead in first-class cricket. He is a decent enough leader. He has played 90 (95) odd Tests, so I feel it would have made more sense to go with him,” Jaffer said on ESPNcricinfo.
“Bumrah was vice-captain previously so obvious for him to become captain but knowing the importance of the match, knowing that the series is on the line, I would have been tempted to look at Cheteshwar Pujara. Bumrah hasn’t captained at all. For him to lead in such a Test without experience you never know. Bumrah looks intelligent, and has got great game sense so he might surprise us as Hardik Pandya did,” Jaffer added.
India will also play three T20Is and three ODIs on the tour apart from the Test match.The clash against the Three Lions at Edgbaston in Birmingham is set to start on July 1.
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