‘India without Jasprit Bumrah means…’: Ex-India batting coach on how rivals view Star Pacer’s absence from T20 Worlds

Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup due to a back injury.© BCCI

India’s preparation for the 2022 T20 World Cup has been marred by injuries to some top players. If Ravindra Jadeja’s knee injury robbed India of a solid all-rounder, Jasprit Bumrah’s back injury meant India would be without their pace spearhead at the marquee event. After his comeback in the T20I series against Australia, Bumrah again missed the T20I series against South Africa after a long rehabilitation. He was then eliminated from the T20 World Championship.

In Bumrah’s absence, the rivals will see the Indian bowling attack in a different light, according to Sanjay Bangar, former batting coach of the Indian cricket team.

“There were really little signs of concern because when Jasprit Bumrah didn’t play the first game, he played the second game and then all of a sudden he was rested. You suddenly start thinking if it’s serious because he was out been in rest and rehab for a long time and he was someone who was given the task of strengthening him,” Bangar said on Star Sports.

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“It’s a big blow because an Indian attack without Jasprit Bumrah means many teams will think differently about how they would go about bowling against the Indian attack. So a big blow to India, but again sport, one man’s loss is another’s chance. Hopefully maybe a Deepak Chahar or Shami or Arshdeep can be there and shape the World Cup Down Under.”

India will start their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan on October 23 in Melbourne.

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