Former India National Cricket Team all-rounder Reetinder Singh Sodhi has said if the 28-year-old speedster Jasprit Bumrah gets ruled out of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, which will be held in Australia, it will be a major setback for the Rohit Sharma-led Team India.
Star India National Cricket Team pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the upcoming Asia Cup 2022, which is set to be played in the UAE from August 27 to September 11, due to a back injury and no update has been given on his potential return to competitive cricket.
During a discussion on India News Sports, Sodhi asserted it would be very challenging for the pacers like Avesh Khan, Mohammed Siraj and Prasidh Krishna to fill the shoes of Bumrah for a marquee tournament like the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. He said:
“Jasprit Bumrah’s absence will be a big setback for India. The likes of Avesh Khan, Mohammed Siraj and Prasidh Krishna have done well. However, to fill the shoes of Jasprit Bumrah, and that too for the T20 World Cup, will be very challenging.
“It will be a disappointment if he doesn’t get fit for the [T20] World Cup. His four overs are crucial as the opposition batters don’t look to take chances against him.”
Jasprit Bumrah has been an impactful player for India across formats – Saba Karim
Former India National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batsman Saba Karim, during the same discussion, said that the Indian team management is aware of the fact that Bumrah might not be available in the coming months and they have been preparing accordingly. He said:
“Jasprit Bumrah has been an impactful player for India across formats. But it seems that India has kept in mind that Bumrah may not be available in the future and have prepared accordingly.
“This is why we see so many new faces in the side. The management has given them consistent opportunities to find an option for Bumrah’s replacement. But with that said, India will surely miss Bumrah as he has been a top performer in white-ball cricket.”
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