Jasprit Bumrah Stands Tall as India’s Captain in England

Jasprit Bumrah has proved to be a promising captain for India, as he took charge to lead team India in one-off test in England. Ashley Giles states while he might have some confusion regarding using his overs as a captain, he believes in Bumrah’s captaincy skills and he will have some support from other experienced players in decision-making.

India have started in a solid way against England in the one-off Test and Rishabh Pant is the cause behind it. After being invited to bat first, visitors were poised on 98/5 but the partnership between Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja helped them cross the 300-run mark. Both of them stitched a 222-run partnership and India are at 338/7 at the end of day 1.

Meanwhile, after Rishabh Pant’s sensational hundred on Day 1 of the 5th Test against England, Ravindra Jadeja follows suit and also got his century to give India the upper-hand on Day 2 at Edgbaston on Saturday.Also Read – Live Streaming Cricket India vs England 5th Test Day 2: When And Where to Watch IND vs ENG Stream Live Cricket Match Online And on TV

This was Jadeja’s second Test century of the year, after a career best 175 against Sri Lanka in a home series back in March. The former Chennai Super Kings skipper smashed 13 boundaries on his way to his 3rd Test hundred. He was ably supported by Mohammad Shami at the other end, before Stuart Broad removes the tail-ender on 16.

As Rohit Sharma missed the game after testing Covid positive, Jasprit Bumrah is the captain for the ongoing Test. He will also spearhead the bowling unit along with being the captain of the national team. Ashley Giles has shared his views on handing the captaincy to Jasprit Bumrah and has said that he might have confusion regarding using himself when the team will bowl.

Jasprit Bumrah becomes the first pacer to Lead Team India in England Test Series

“That’s the interesting point.. Giving the captaincy to your most potent bowler and your strike bowler. And we’ve seen in the past that this can cause some confusion just for the bowler and captain himself. When do they bowl themself, how much do they bowl? And that’s why we perhaps don’t see fast bowlers captaining international teams in test matches that much particularly in recent times,” Giles told ESPNCricinfo.

Jasprit Bumrah will be the first pacer to lead the Indian team in a Test match in 36 years. Kapil Dev last led India in a Test match in 1986. Bumrah was handed the captaincy after Rohit was ruled out. The team management also appointed him as vice-captain in the home series against Sri Lanka earlier. Giles said that the team backs Bumrah’s leadership skills and also the help from experienced players in the team will inspire him to do well in the captaincy role.

“But clearly, the way India have used Jasprit Bumrah as their vice-captain, they rate his leadership skills, they are trying to groom him in that responsibility so I think he’ll be fine as he will also have some great guys around him,” he explained.


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