Saba Karim believes that the Indian team management should have chosen Jasprit Bumrah for the World Test Championship (WTC) final based on his recent form rather than his reputation.
In over 37 overs in the WTC final, Jasprit Bumrah failed to pick up a wicket. Cheteshwar Pujara dropped Ross Taylor off his bowling, but the unusual seamer did not look particularly dangerous throughout the match.
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Saba Karim, speaking on India News, suggested that the Indian team’s think tank may have made a mistake in selecting Jasprit Bumrah for the crucial match. He stated, ”
“I feel the selectors did not pay attention to the current form and went on reputation to a certain extent. Jasprit Bumrah has not played red-ball cricket since he got injured in Australia.”
Jasprit Bumrah, according to the former India wicketkeeper, has not played enough long-form cricket in recent years. Karim went on to say:
“He has only played white-ball cricket and that too only the T20s. He did not play in the home series against England. I felt he was woefully out of form and along with that out of practice if we talk about red-ball cricket.”
Jasprit Bumrah did play a few Tests against England in his home country. However, given the spin-friendly pitches available, he did not get to bowl many overs.
“Jasprit Bumrah couldn’t catch the length that is required in red-ball cricket” – Saba Karim
While Saba Karim acknowledged that Jasprit Bumrah appeared to be in better form in the second innings, the 27-year-old failed to hit the appropriate length in both innings.
“To a certain extent, I felt he was getting back his rhythm in the second innings spell he bowled, he was also unlucky at times. But in the end, he couldn’t catch the length that is required in red-ball cricket, especially in conducive conditions, in the entire Test match.”
Before the Test series against England, the 53-year-old concluded by stressing that Jasprit Bumrah’s poor form must be rectified.
“I feel this is a very big area of concern and it is required to rectify this in the upcoming series,” he signed off.
In India’s most recent tour to England in 2018, Jasprit Bumrah took 14 wickets in three Tests. Before the five-match series against England begins on August 4, he hopes to be back to his
I felt that Sharma was short of match fitness and Bumrah found rhythm late in the match. Probably not changes to personnel, more to preparation before the first test match. The England series is going to be a beauty. #INDvENG #WTC https://t.co/ALrBlEyqs5
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) June 24, 2021