India in T20 World Cup 2022: Indian cricket team’s star pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of India’s T20 World Cup squad due to back issues, but the BCCI still hasn’t announced his replacement for the tournament. Mohammed Shami and Deepak Chahar are the considered to be the frontrunners for replacing Bumrah in the upcoming World Cup.
At present, Rohit Sharma-led Indian team has arrived in Australia, but neither Shami nor Chahar are not part of the 15-member squad. Both seamers have been picked in the team as reserve/standby players. It is being reported that Mohammed Shami and Deepak Chahar will most likely leave for Australia on October 12.
Meanwhile, former South African pace bowler Dale Steyn has given a big statement on who can replace Bumrah for T20 World Cup 2022. The legendary bowler believes if Mohammed Shami is fit then he should replace Bumrah in India’s T20 WC squad.
“It’s a tough one. You can hope that the World Cup brings an opportunity for somebody to kind of be better than they actually are sometimes. They perform way better than they normally would. So, whoever takes his place, I hope that would be the case for them. Whoever gets selected, You probably want them to raise their game by a small percentage because of the hole that they are filling. Somebody like Bumrah, it’s so difficult to fill his place. He is such a world-class player. India will miss him tremendously in this World Cup,” said Steyn on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Live’.
Former India batter Sanjay Bangar too shared his opinion on the same. Here’s what he said…
“There were really small signs of concern, because when Jasprit Bumrah did not play the first match, then he played the second game, and then suddenly, he was rested. You suddenly start to think whether this is serious, because he had been out on rest and rehab for a long time and he was somebody who was given a task of strengthening. It comes as a huge blow because an Indian attack without Jasprit Bumrah means that a lot of teams will start thinking differently as to how they would approach their batting against the Indian bowling attack. So, a huge blow for India, but again, in sport, one man’s loss is another man’s opportunity. Hopefully, maybe a Deepak Chahar or Shami or Arshdeep can be there and leave a mark on the World Cup Down Under,” said Bangar.