Bumrah rested for West Indies tour: Brad Hogg reasons why pacers need breaks
- Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for the upcoming T20s against West Indies
- The move has earned praise from Aussie Brad Hogg
- The fast bowler recently rose to no.1 on the ODI rankings
Jasprit Bumrah's brilliance is well acknowledged. A master across formats, the Indian quick recently rose to the top of the ODI bowling charts. A former no.1 in T20s and presently 3rd in the test rankings, the Ahmedabad-born pacer is the ringleader of India's fearsome pace attack. But with the cricket coming thick and fast ahead of October's T20 World Cup, the 28-year-old and struggling Virat Kohli has been rested for the upcoming T20s against West Indies.
Australian spinner Brad Hogg approves of the move. Given the volume of cricket, managing the workloads of star names has become a pressing concern for teams. Failure to do so has short-changed sides, a case in point being Jofra Archer. The fire-spitting bowler- out for over a year- missed the Ashes, series' against India, New Zealand and the IPL.
Fast bowlers are known to put immense strain on their bodies throughout the season, making them susceptible to debilitating injuries. An occasional break allows them to recharge and be in shape for the gun events.
"With all fast bowlers around the world, I think they have got to manage carefully because they are your main asset in any team. Yes, you've got your batters and spinners (but) the workload on the spinners isn't as harsh as on the fast bowlers,” said Hogg to Hindustan Times.
Alluding to how Australia managed Brett Lee's workload prior to the 2003 World Cup, the chinaman bowler believes the rest will allow Bumrah to be at his rapid best on the hard Australia wickets.
"I'll give you a little secret, 2003 World Cup Brett Lee. We had a Test series before that but the whole thing that leading up to the World Cup was for him to be at his peak. And he ended bowling some of the quickest balls ever seen in that tournament. That happened because of him sitting down with the physios and planning everything through to that particular moment for him to peak in that World Cup," added Hogg.
The whippy pacer has been in fine fettle in the ongoing series. At Oval, he was almost unplayable, fishing out six wickets for 19 runs. He was less impressive at Lord's but still had two scalps to show for in India's 100-run defeat. With the series tied 1-1, India will be looking to Bumrah to wreak havoc in the decider at Manchester.