According to well-placed sources in the BCCI that TOI When I spoke, key decision-makers in Indian cricket may have run out of patience with wicketkeeper Bharat, who has done nothing significant in the seven Tests he has played in so far.
“Bharat’s batting has been well below average, while his keeping has also not been great. He is not taking advantage of his opportunities. Jurel, on the other hand, is talented, has a good attitude and has a bright future. He has done good for Uttar Pradesh, India A and Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. Don’t be surprised if Mackerel makes his Test debut in Rajkot,” a source said TOI.
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Bharat, by all indications, has missed a golden opportunity to return to the Test. In two Tests of this series, the Andhra man has made 92 runs in two Tests at 11 pm. Overall, he scored only 221 runs in seven Tests@20.09, without even scoring a fifty. Prior to this series, Bharat had last played for India in the World Test Championship final (he was out for 5 and 23) against Australia at The Oval in London in June 2023.
In 15 First Class matches, Jurel scored 790 runs @ 46.47, with one century and five fifties, with a top score of 249. The 22-year-old scored 50 against the England Lions in Ahmedabad last month, and 69 against South Africa A in Benoni in December, both four-day matches.
Bumrah can rest in Ranchi
Taking into account his workload and his valuable value, we consider giving him a graze Jasprit Bumrah a break at some point in this series of five tests. “He could be rested for the fourth Test at Ranchi, which means he will be fresh and ready for the fifth and final Test at Dharamshala in early March, which could well be the decider of this close series. That is the point where Bumrah’s presence will make a difference,” the source said.
Avesh needed “play time”
The selectors have been criticized for their decision to exclude pacemakers Avesh Khan of the team for the last three Tests without giving him a chance to play in the XI in the first two Tests. “The idea is to give him playing time, that’s why they asked him to go play for Madhya Pradesh in the ranji Trophy. So far he has not played in February.
Akash Deep (his replacement) was chosen because he did well in India A,” the source informed. “In any case, India’s two pacers in Rajkot will be Bumrah and Siraj,” he said.
‘Players must play Ranji Trophy’
The BCCI is known to be not very happy with the attitude of certain established Indian players towards red-ball cricket, particularly the Ranji Trophy. “In the coming days, the BCCI will inform all players to play for their state team in the Ranji Trophy, provided they are not on national duty, and it will only be granted to those who are not fit and recovering in the NCA .an exemption. The Board is not very happy with certain players who are already in IPL mode since January,” said a source.
Rajkot trial likely to be slow
Meanwhile, it emerged that a slow turner is likely to be offered for the third test. “The Indian team management is comfortable with a slow player. They don’t want a furious one,” a source said.
Jadeja, Pujara to be congratulated
The Saurashtra Cricket Association will felicitate Ravindra Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara for their contribution to Indian cricket on February 14 in Rajkot, at a function where the association will name its stadium after veteran administrator Niranjan Shah.