Akash Deep makes his Test debut in Ranchi, replacing Jasprit Bumrah

In the fourth Test against England in Ranchi on Thursday, Indian player Akash Deep was handed his Test debut as the pacer of Bengal. He will replace Jasprit Bumrah and partner Mohammed Siraj. The stellar performance of Akash Deep, who claimed 12 wickets across three matches against the England Lions, propelled him into the squad for his Test debut.
During net practice sessions in Ranchi, his rigorous preparation was evident. He showcased his bowling prowess at full tilt and demonstrated versatility with an extended batting session. With the upcoming conditions in Ranchi anticipated to be overcast and cooler, favouring seam bowlers like Akash Deep, his inclusion appears to be a strategic move by the Indian team, capitalizing on his potential to exploit the conditions effectively and bolster the bowling attack.
The absence of Jasprit Bumrah, who is the highest wicket-taker in the ongoing series, leaves big shoes to fill. However, the debut of Akash Deep might be seen as a fitting response to this challenge.
The captain of England, Ben Stokes, won the toss and opted to bat first against India in the fourth Test in Ranchi. Rohit Sharma confirmed the debut of Akash Deep for India, replacing Jasprit Bumrah.
India captain Rohit Sharma said after the toss, "We would have batted first as well. It looks a bit dry and has some cracks, but that's the nature of the pitch here. The last two games were good for us, and we'll have to play them in the same way. Proud of a lot of young guys in the squid, they've taken the responsibility and have taken the challenge head-on. They are confident in their skills; moving forward, it's a good thing for us. One change with Akash Deep making his debut.”


Feb 23, 2024 3:26 AM