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Who will replace Jasprit Bumrah in Ranchi Test?

Who will replace Jasprit Bumrah in Ranchi Test?

Replacing Jasprit Bumrah's firepower and accuracy is no easy task. The chosen bowler will need to step up and contribute meaningfully as India aims to maintain their series lead.

India vs England 4th Test (IND vs ENG): With pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah likely to be rested for the crucial Ranchi Test against England, India faces the challenge of finding an able replacement.

Jasprit Bumrah, currently leading the wicket-taking charts in IND vs ENG Test series with 17 scalps, needs a well-deserved break after bowling the most overs among Indian bowlers. So, who steps into his shoes in Ranchi?

Seamers in Waiting: Akash Deep or Mukesh Kumar

The team’s preference for a two-seamer, three-spinner combination could see Akash Deep or Mukesh Kumar partnering Mohammed Siraj.

Mukesh, released before the third Test, impressed with a 10-wicket haul in his last Ranji match, potentially earning a recall. Akash Deep, yet to debut, could be a surprise pick after his 11 wickets in recent India A matches.

Temptation of extra spin: Axar Patel or Washington Sundar

Given the possibility of a turning pitch in Ranchi, India might consider bolstering their spin attack. Axar Patel or Washington Sundar could replace Bumrah, offering variety alongside the regular trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Kuldeep Yadav.

Axar, previously dropped for variety, and Sundar, absent from Tests since 2020, would bring different options to the table.

Factors to consider for Jasprit Bumrah replacement

The final decision will depend on the nature of the Ranchi pitch.

If it assists spin significantly, the extra spinner, either Axar Patel or Washington Sundar, might be favored. However, if there’s enough bounce and seam movement, Mukesh Kumar or Akash Deep could get their chance to impress.

A Crucial Choice: IND vs ENG Ranchi Test

Replacing Jasprit Bumrah’s firepower and accuracy is no easy task. The chosen bowler will need to step up and contribute meaningfully as India aims to maintain their series lead.

The captain Rohit Sharma and team management have a crucial decision to make, and all eyes will be on who earns the nod for the Ranchi Test.

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