Bumrah pulls out of India-England Test series closer

By John Skilbeck 27 February 2021 15
Bumrah pulls out of India-England Test series closer

Jasprit Bumrah has been withdrawn from India's squad for the fourth Test against England at the fast bowler's request.

The final match of the series begins in Ahmedabad on Thursday, March 4, with India 2-1 ahead after their 10-wicket win in a third game that was wrapped up inside two days.

Bumrah bowled just six overs as India let the spinners do the damage in that match, and now his involvement in the Test series is over.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement: "Jasprit Bumrah made a request to BCCI to be released from India’s squad ahead of the fourth Test owing to personal reasons.

"Accordingly, the fast bowler has been released and he will not be available for selection for the fourth Test. There will be no addition to India’s squad for the final Test."

It means Bumrah misses a second match in the series, having been rested for the second Test in Chennai when captain Virat Kohli said it was important to "manage his workload".

Bumrah has taken 83 wickets in his first 19 Test appearances, with his last match being the first time he has gone without a wicket. It was also the first Test in which he has bowled fewer than 23 overs for India.

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