Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah
Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah. Creidts: ICC

Indian pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah on Sunday commented about excluding senior bowler Ravichandran Ashwin from the playing XI against New Zealand.

India suffered their second loss in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 after they went down to New Zealand by eight wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

New Zealand thump India by eight wickets

On a day where it was a must-win for the Men in Blues to stay alive in the tournament, nothing seem to go right their way.

Firstly, they lost a crucial toss (which is never in anyone’s control) and were asked to bat first once again.

The revelation of Ishan Kishan ahead of Rohit Sharma as India’s opener didn’t paid well as the southpaw went for four in the early stage.

India cricket team
India cricket team. Credits: ICC

Rohit, coming to bat at No.3, couldn’t do much and got out to a mistimed shot of Ish Sodhi’s bowling.

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s big shots, that too came late in the innings, pushed India to a paltry score of 110/7.

Bumrah got the wickets of New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell, but the Indian bowlers didn’t had much to defend on their path as New Zealand sealed their first win of the tournament.

In hindsight, it’s very difficult: Jasprtit Bumrah on Ravichandran Ashwin’s exclusion

Many felt surprised on not seeing Ashwin, the experienced bowler in the Indian team, play and was warming the bench for two games in a row.

Bumrah said that it was very difficult for the team to include the Tamil Nadu off-spinner because of the presence of dew in the second innings.

“See, in hindsight, we could say a lot of things. In hindsight, we would have loved a lot more runs and a lot more wickets. He is an experienced bowler. Obviously, he adds value to the bowling attack whenever he comes. But in hindsight, it’s very difficult,” Bumrah said in the post-match press conference.

R Ashwin[photo: Twitter]

“As I said, there’s dew in the second innings so the ball doesn’t grip and the options become very little and rare for the bowlers. You know, the margin of the error goes down. So in hindsight, you might say that ‘OK he might have made a difference’ but it’s too difficult to judge right now,” he added.

India have their remaining three games left against Scotland, Afghanistan and Namibia and even winning all of them won’t guarantee them a spot in the semi-final with subject to the net run rate.

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