Reviews of Jasprit Bumrah’s leadership during the fifth postponed Test against England were divided, though generally favorable. Bumrah, who made an impression with both bat and ball, was selected captain when Rohit Sharma was unable to fully recover from Covid-19. Bumrah took five wickets in the game and hit Stuart Broad for the most costly over in Test cricket while making an unbeaten 32 in the first innings. Though the outcome was not what he had anticipated, Bumrah the captain’s overall leadership has been praised by both cricket analysts and former players. His field placements were remarkable.

However, Karsan Ghavri is an exception. The former India pacer was strongly opposed to Bumrah serving as captain, claiming that not all fast bowlers can lead well. Bumrah, who had never led a team at any level before, was not the best option to lead India in the series finale, according to Ghavri, who collected 452 wickets from 159 First-Class matches for Mumbai and Saurashtra. A fast bowler has to handle numerous facets of the game.

“Bumrah has never served as a team captain. He hasn’t even coached a club team, much alone a Ranji Trophy squad. Look, a captain has a very different mindset. He must constantly be planning out his field placements, altering his bowling, and strategizing. I’m sure [head coach] Rahul Dravid and the other coaches prepared a lot of ideas in the dressing room, but the captain is responsible for carrying them out when the 11 men onto the field. Bumrah couldn’t do it “Ghavri spoke with Mid-Day.

Virat Kohli should have shown his desire to assume the position of the series-deciding player, according to Ghavri, if Rohit was unable to regain his fitness in time. Given that he led India in the first four Tests, which saw them take a 2-1 series lead, Kohli relinquished the Test captaincy following India’s loss to South Africa, but Ghavri believes the previous captain was the most qualified for the position.