IND vs ENG: Akash Deep replaces Jasprit Bumrah, makes his Test debut in Ranchi

Promising seamer Akash Deep made his Test debut in India's fourth Test against England in Ranchi. His inclusion is a strategic move to bolster the Indian team's pace attack in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah.
IND vs ENG: Akash Deep replaces Jasprit Bumrah, makes his Test debut in Ranchi
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Akash Deep has been handed his Test debut as the Bengal pacer will replace Jasprit Bumrah and partner Mohammed Siraj in the fourth Test against England in Ranchi on Thursday. Akash Deep's stellar performance, claiming 12 wickets across three matches against the England Lions, propelled him into the squad for his Test debut.

His rigorous preparation was evident during net practice sessions in Ranchi, where 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, favoring 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, the highest wicket-taker in the ongoing series, leaves big shoes to fill. However, Akash Deep's debut might be seen as a fitting response to this challenge. His pace and ability to deliver in-dippers could prove invaluable on the Ranchi pitch, which may offer seam movement before the cracks begin to play a role. Batters Rajat Patidar and Sarfaraz Khan and wicketkeeper Dhruv Jurel have already made their test debuts in this series.

England captain Ben Stokes won the toss and opted to bat first against India in the fourth Test in Ranchi. Rohit Sharma confirmed that Akash Deep is making his Test debut for India, replacing Jasprit Bumrah.

"We would have batted first as well. Look 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 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 going forward. One change with Akash Deep making his debut," India captain Rohit Sharma said after the toss.

As India lead the five-Test series 2-1 against England, the inclusion of Akash Deep is a critical decision aimed at strengthening the team's pace attack alongside Mohammed Siraj. This move reflects the team's strategy to maintain its dominance and eye a series win in Ranchi. With Akash Deep set to don the Indian Test cap, all eyes will be on this promising seamer as he steps onto the field, ready to make his mark in international cricket.

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IND vs ENG: Akash Deep replaces Jasprit Bumrah, makes his Test debut in Ranchi

Source: India Today

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