Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly is advocating a shift in focus for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), urging them to move away from the emphasis on preparing turning tracks in India. Ganguly asserts that irrespective of the pitch conditions, the Indian bowlers, led by talents like Jasprit Bumrah, have the capability to take all 20 wickets required to win a Test match against any opponent. Ganguly’s comments followed Bumrah’s exceptional performance on Day 2 of the second Test in Visakhapatnam against England.
Bumrah showcased his pace-bowling prowess by dismissing Joe Root for the eighth time in his career, surpassing any non-Australian bowler in this achievement. Root, anticipating reverse swing, fell victim to a delivery moving the other way, leading to his dismissal. Bumrah continued his masterclass, claiming Ollie Pope’s wicket with a remarkable yorker-length delivery that hit the middle and leg stump.
Impressed by Bumrah’s stellar display at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Ganguly voiced his opinion on social media, urging the BCCI to cease the emphasis on spinning wickets. He emphasized the potency of Indian fast bowlers like Bumrah, Sami, Siraj, and Mukesh, asserting that they can secure 20 wickets on any surface, supported by spinners like Ashwin, Jadeja, Kuldeep, and Axar. Ganguly highlighted the diminishing batting quality due to pitch conditions in recent years and emphasized the necessity for good wickets.
Ganguly’s sentiments were followed by another outstanding performance from Bumrah, who dismissed Ben Stokes to reach 150 Test wickets, making him the fastest Indian to achieve this milestone and the second-fastest Asian pacer after Waqar Younis. Bumrah continued his brilliance by claiming Tom Hartley’s wicket in the next over, completing a five-wicket haul.