New Delhi: Former opener Gautam Gambhir believes the Indian team management needs to take good care of its pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah and if required, the right-arm pacer should be given a break during the upcoming home series against England.
On the road for nearly five months since this year's IPL, Bumrah seems to have finally succumbed to the rigours of non-stop international cricket. He has suffered an abdominal strain and is set to miss the series-deciding fourth and final Test against Australia in Brisbane.
And Gambhir feels it would be unfair to force Bumrah to play in all the matches against England, starting 5 February in Chennai.
"... you got to look after him (Bumrah) as well, because he is going to be the leader of the attack for a very long time, so him being fit is very important," the World Cup-winning left-handed batsman told Star Sports.
"So when India plays England in the four-Test match series know, yes, Mohdammed Shami is unfit, Ishant Sharma is unfit, Umesh Yadav is unfit but you can't afford to play Jasprit Bumrah in all the four Test matches, it will be very unfair on him," he added.
Gambhir, however, feels Bumrah will be more menacing in Indian conditions.
"See again, he (Bumrah) hasn't played a Test match in India till now, Has he? He hasn't. So, I'm sure the Indian team management has looked after Jasprit Bumrah reasonably well. They have actually used him in places like England, South Africa and Australia, where he has got to be even more threatening.
"I'm not saying he is not going to be threatening in India. He is going to be even more threatening in India, where wickets can get low and slow and he can reverse the ball really well," he said.
The former cricketer-turned-politician said Bumrah is a quality and dangerous bowler, who is a threat to any batsmen at any given time of a match.
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