Chetan Sharma said that there is no need to put pressure on Jasprit Bumrah. ©AFP

Former India pacer Chetan Sharma on Wednesday suggested that the Indian selectors should not waste talent like Jasprit Bumrah and rest him for the Test matches on the home soil.

Sharma said that with the ICC World Test Championship in progress, Bumrah is crucial for the Virat Kohli-led Indian team.

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“I think he should be rested (from Test matches in India). We should not waste a talent like him. There’s a reason why he’s the best bowler in the world now, we shouldn’t test him in these conditions at all,” Sharma told Hindustan Times.

“World Test Championship is going on and Bumrah is very important for India’s plans. There’s no need to prove it to the world that Bumrah can take wickets on Indian pitches. Ultimately we need to win and earn points,” continued Sharma.

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“The team management should asses the conditions, play spinners and rest Bumrah. Ultimately India need to win Test matches and on Indian tracks it doesn’t matter whether Ashwin takes wickets or Kuldeep or Bumrah,” Sharma added.

Sharma, who played 65 ODIs and 23 Tests for India, said that the Indian team now has a bowling line-up which consists of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini and Ishant Sharma. Hence, there is no need to put pressure on Bumrah.

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“Times have changed, gone are the days when we used to depend only on Kapil Dev as the lone wicket-taking fast bowler. Now we have one of the best bowling line-ups in the world. We have Bhuvneshwar, Shami, Ishant, Navdeep is also there, so give them chances, why put pressure only on Bumrah alone? Bumrah should be called only when it’s absolutely necessary,” said Sharma.

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“He has the talent to pick wickets on every track but my only concern is, he shouldn’t pick up an injury playing on lifeless tracks,” concluded Sharma.