Former South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes feels that Team India are currently missing the services of their fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah in the ongoing five-match Test series against England which they are currently trailing 0-2. Also Read - IPL 2020: Kangana Ranaut Supports Anushka Sharma in Sunil Gavaskar Controversy, But Accuses Her of 'Selective Feminism'
“India came so close to a victory in South Africa but they have been missing two key bowlers who did well in that series – Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah (due to injuries) in England,” said Rhodes who had represented South Africa in 52 Tests and 245 ODIs between 1992 and 2003. Also Read - IPL 2020: Irfan Pathan Reacts as Anushka Sharma Labels Sunil Gavaskar's Comments Against Virat Kohli 'Distasteful'
Both the pacers missed the first two Tests which India lost by 31 runs and an inning and 159 runs at Edgbaston and Lord’s respectively. Kumar was ruled out of the first three England Tests after he aggravated his lower back in the ODI series decider at Headingley in Leeds. He is currently undergoing the rehabilitation programme at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. Also Read - IPL 2020: Sunil Gavaskar's Son Rohan Comes up With a Cryptic Tweet After Anushka Sharma Reacts on Controversy
Meanwhile, Bumrah, who missed the first two Tests, has been declared fit and is almost certain to find a place in the Indin playing XI for the Nottingham Test.
The 49-year-old, considered to be among the best-ever fielders ever seen in the game, said there was a basic difference between taking slip catches in India and in countries like South Africa and England.
“In India, the catches come at or below knee level and the fingers have to be pointed towards the ground while taking them. In England, Australia and South Africa it’s the reverse (fingers should be pointing up as the ball comes well above the knee). You can’t change old habits in six weeks,” was his explanation.
(With PTI inputs)