Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Hosts India leveled the five-match Test series 1-1 by winning the second match by a margin of 106 runs in Vizag. Premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah (9/91) was the top performer for India in the crucial match.

However, there is a big setback for India. Their main strike bowler Bumrah is likely to miss the third Test match to be played at Rajkot starting on February 15.

As per a report, Bumrah would be rested for the Test at Rajkot, considering the workload he will have during IPL 2024. The star bowler will then gear up for the marquee event- T20 World Cup 2024 later this year. Selectors and the team management are considering the star bowler rest for the third Test and have him back for the final two Tests.

The report also claimed that Mohammed Siraj, who was rested for the second Test is set to rejoin the squad. However, uncertainty over Ravindra Jadeja’s availability still continues, after he suffered a hamstring injury in the first Test. KL Rahul and Jadeja who were ruled out from the Vizag Test, remain doubtful for the third and fourth Tests as well.