Former India National Cricket Team player Sanjay Bangar has said that the India National Cricket Team will definitely miss the services of premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah in the middle overs in the upcoming Asia Cup 2022.
The Asia Cup 2022, which is the 15th edition of the tournament, is scheduled to be played from August 27 to September 11. The entire tournament is set to be held in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The Men In Blue will lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan National Cricket Team in their tournament opener on August 28 at the Dubai International Stadium. Notably, the 28-year-old pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the multi-nation tournament due to a back injury.
During a discussion on the Star Sports show ‘Follow the Blues’, Bangar was asked about his views on the bowling unit of the Men In Blue in the absence of premier speedster Bumrah.
He responded by saying that Rohit Sharma and Co. will miss not Bumrah’s services in the death overs as they have got young left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh, who has got a good temperament to bowl at the death. He added that there will be a greater responsibility on veteran pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl good overs with the new ball as well as at the death.
“Arshdeep is a good option who bowls good yorkers, has a lot of control and an excellent temperament to bowl in the death overs. So he (Bumrah) will not be missed that much in the death overs but the Indian team will definitely feel his absence in the middle overs.
“Bhuvneshwar Kumar will have to take greater responsibility and that means bowling two overs at the start and then again bowling two overs in the last four overs, which is his strength. I feel the one over where the team uses Bumrah in the middle overs, there his absence will definitely be felt.”
Yuzvendra Chahal is a bowler who is extremely clever – Sanjay Bangar
The 49-year-old was further asked about Team India’s expectations from star leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. He replied by saying that the “extremely clever” leg-spinner will play the role of wicket-taker for the Men In Blue. He said:
“Yuzvendra Chahal is a bowler who is extremely clever and he knows how to play with the batter’s mind. The way he senses which delivery to bowl against a batter in a particular situation, he knows that very well and that is why he has been contributing nicely as a wrist-spinner for the Indian team for a long time.
“He has contributed to plenty of wins. The way he will bowl the wider lines, the way he will use the googly against the left-handers, I feel you can definitely expect that he will play the wicket-taking role in the middle overs in crunch matches.”
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