5 things we learnt about India from the first New Zealand Test match

James Ogden
Modified 27 Feb 2020

#3 Bumrah is suffering his real first slump in form

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah

Since returning from a stress fracture of the lower back, which the quick bowler suffered before the South Africa series in September, Jasprit Bumrah has been a shadow of his former self.

In the 6 ODIs he has played since returning from injury, Bumrah has taken just one wicket for 287 runs, which is nowhere near good enough for one of the deadliest bowlers in world cricket. In the Wellington Test, Bumrah was also only able to claim a single wicket for 88 runs, and never really looked as threatening as the likes of Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult or Tim Southee.

However, after coming back from such an injury, it may just take the quick bowler some time to regain his form and along with it his bite and pace. Bumrah will undoubtedly still be a integral part of this immense bowling unit for many years to come, but for India's sake, they will hope his slump in form comes to its end in Christchurch's Hagley Oval.

Published 27 Feb 2020
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