Bumrah rested for fourth test against England

The fourth test will start in Ranchi, Jharkhand, on Friday (23)

Jasprit Bumrah successfully appeals for leg before wicket (LBW) against England’s Zak Crawley during the fourth day of the third Test at the Niranjan Shah Stadium in Rajkot on February 18, 2024. (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP via Getty Images)

Pramod Thomas

INDIA seamer Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for the fourth test against England, while wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul remains out due to fitness issues, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said.

The 30-year-old right-arm fast bowler, the leading wicket-taker of the five-match series with 17 wickets in six innings, has been released from the fourth test in order to manage his workload. Mohammed Siraj will lead the Indian pace attack in the absence of Bumrah.

Rahul, 31, has been battling fitness issues and missed the last two test matches. Rahul’s participation in the final test in Dharamsala is subject to fitness, the BCCI said.

“Bumrah has been released from the squad for the fourth test against England in Ranchi. The decision was taken keeping in mind the duration of the series and amount of cricket he has played in recent times,” the BCCI said in a statement.

“Mukesh Kumar, who was released from the squad in the third test in Rajkot, has joined the squad in Ranchi.”

Hosts India lead the five-match test series 2-1. The fourth test will be held in Ranchi, Jharkhand, from Feb. 23-27.

India squad for the fourth Test

Rohit Sharma (C), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (WK), KS Bharat (WK), Devdutt Padikkal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep.