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India pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been released from the squad for the fourth and final Test of the ongoing series against England on his request, the BCCI announced on Saturday.
“Bumrah made a request to BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India] to be released from India’s squad ahead of the fourth Test owing to personal reasons. Accordingly, the fast bowler has been released and he will not be available for selection for the fourth Test [against England],” said a BCCI statement.
The fourth Test begins here on March 4.
“There will be no addition to India’s squad for the final Test,” the BCCI said.
The BCCI, however, did not mention the reason for Bumrah’s release.
On a Motera pitch that was unconditionally biased towards the spinners, Bumrah got the chance to bowl only six overs in the first innings of the third and only pink-ball Test of the series and he didn’t take any wicket. In the second innings, neither he nor Ishant Sharma, the other fast bowler, bowled a single over.
Meanwhile, India beat England by 10 wickets on an extraordinary second day of the only day-night Test of the series at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera on Thursday to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.
Indian spinners took 19 of the 20 England wickets to fall for a dominating performance at the newly constructed stadium with a pitch that was largely unknown. Sunil Gavaskar described it as a “challenging pitch.
In England’s second innings, three Indian slow bowlers on Thursday bagged all 10 wickets to spin out England for a mere 81 runs, leaving India to score 49 to win.
Squad for 4th Test: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keepers), R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav