The Indian cricket team landed in serious trouble after an untimely injury to sensational bowler Jasprit Bumrah. With the majority of Indian pacers already struggling, the trio of Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will have to put up a show to take the Indian cricket team closer to the trophy.
While filling the shoes of Jasprit Bumrah is a tough task, considering his wicket-taking talent and skills, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur will reportedly fly to Australia on Thursday but with the BCCI yet to name Bumrah’s replacement. Deepak Chahar has also been ruled out of the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup due to a back injury. He was among the stand-by players for the Indian squad and was expected to make it to the main squad in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah.
And if India wasn’t already dealing with a lot of problems already, Pakistan’s legend Wasim Akram has shot another warning to the Indian cricket team in regards to one of their fast bowlers. Akram believes the experienced Bhuvneshwar will struggle in Australia given his lack of pace. Notably, in the last eight innings, barring his figures of 4/26 against Pakistan and 5/4 against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup, Bhuvneshwar has leaked runs, especially in the death overs. Akram claimed that he needs to add speed to be more effective. He said:
“India have Bhuvneshwar Kumar, he is good with the new ball, but with that pace, if the ball is not swinging, he will probably struggle there. But he is a very good bowler no doubt, swings both ways, has the yorker. But you need pace in Australia,” Akram told reporters. “It’s in Australia. The Australians will probably play well, they have a good bowling attack, they know those pitches.”
Further, Akram also stated that the Babar Azam-led Pakistan cricket team can replicate their success from last year’s World Cup and make their second straight semifinal. He said:
“India have a good batting line-up. But they still haven’t named Bumrah’s replacement. Pakistan, their middle-order is struggling. If the middle-order clicks, Pakistan have a very good bowling attack and one of the best opening pairs. So if they can control the middle-order, they have a chance,”