Bumrah, a key bowler for India in limited overs cricket, ruled out out of the first two Tests matches against England
Bumrah, a key bowler for India in limited overs cricket, ruled out out of the first two Tests matches against England

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir believes that bringing back Jasprit Bumrah for the third Test against England bodes well for India and reckons that with the inclusion of the 24-year-old, Indian bowling attack has a much better look.

“Bringing back Jasprit Bumrah would be important as he is someone who is different and unorthodox,” Gambhir told the Times of India.

“He can get the ball to swing at 140 kmph. I’m sure this is a much better bowling attack what we saw in the second Test match with three seamers plus Ashwin and Hardik Pandya as the fourth seamer if you want to do a containing job,” said Gambhir.

Bumrah, a key bowler for India in limited overs cricket, did well in his debut Test series in South Africa, picking up 14 wickets in three games. Having suffered a thumb injury in the T20 series against Ireland, Bumrah was unable to take part in the following T20 and ODI series against England and was subsequently ruled out of the first Tests matches.

Gambhir, 36, also stated that with India playing five bowlers, it is imperative for the team put runs of the board for the bowlers. After finishing day one at 307 for six, India could only manage to add 22 runs losing their remaining four wickets early on day two.

“Whatever runs you put on the board, it’s going to be important as India are playing with five bowlers. So they’ve gone in the match thinking that they can take 20 wickets, but putting runs on the board will also be very important,” added Gambhir.