Former West Indies player, Ian Bishop has recently stated that India pacer, Jasprit Bumrah should be allowed to take long breaks.
Bumrah, who has not played for India since September last year has now become a talking point in the whole country.
Now, his return to competitive cricket is even more delayed as recent reports suggest that he will most probably sit out the full season of IPL 2023.
However, Bishop says that Bumrah should be given a rest so that he remains fit and sharp.
Furthermore, he also feels that Bumrah’s workload should be managed properly for him to be able to play.
Jasprit Bumrah has got an extra sharpness about his bowling when he is at his best, and you want to procure that. He is a match-winner and a difference-maker. Part of India’s success will largely depend on if he is fit or not. So you have to allow him to miss certain games and tours in order to have longevity.
Bishop says Bumrah should follow the example of Mitchell Starc
On the other hand, Bishop says that Bumrah should follow the lead of other international pacers.
In the recent era of the ICC, there have been many complaints from all nations regarding pacers.
The major complaint is about the scheduling of the tournaments which puts an enormous strain, especially on pacers.
Meanwhile, Bishop says that Bumrah can take the example of Australia’s Mitchell Starc who takes prolonged offs.
No bowler can play all the formats continuously. I have two formats and I struggled with my back. Sadly for fans, you have to pick and choose what are the important contests for each player. You’ve got Jasprit Bumrah, Jofra Archer and Mitchell Starc.
Adding further, he says,
Starc is probably a good example, he takes time off and takes tournaments off. He is given rest so that he maintains his speed. These bowlers if they don’t have that cutting-edge speed that they had at their prime spells, they just become another of the bowlers of the trend.
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