India National Cricket Team captain Rohit Sharma has said that the star pacer Jasprit Bumrah’s absence from India’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 squad is a huge setback for the team.
Pacer spearhead Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 with a back injury, confirmed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday, October 3.
Bumrah missed the Asia Cup 2022 due to a back injury and he just made a comeback to competitive cricket in the recent T20I series against Australia. The leader of India’s bowling department, Bumrah, was expected to feature in the three-match T20I series against South Africa.
However, he was ruled out of the series after he complained of back pain during India’s practice session last week and Mohammed Siraj was named as his replacement in the squad for South Africa series.
During the post-match presentation ceremony after the 3rd T20I against South Africa, the India captain spoke about pacer Bumrah and his replacement in the World Cup squad. He said:
“Bumrah is a big miss, but there are a few guys in the reckoning. We’ll make the call once we reach Australia.”
Lot of the guys haven’t been to Australia, which is why we wanted to go early – Rohit Sharma
While talking about the areas of concern, India captain Rohit Sharma said that they will have to make improvements in the bowling department. He said:
“Areas of concerns, we have to look at our bowling, what more options we can find in the powerplay, middle and death.
“We were playing two quality sides, have to go back and see what better we can do. It will be challenging and we need to find answers, still working towards that.”
Rohit Sharma further revealed why the India National Cricket Team have planned to travel to Australia early.
“Lot of the guys haven’t been to Australia, which is why we wanted to go early. Play on some bouncy pitches in Perth and see what we can do there. Out of the 15, only 7-8 have been there before, so wanted to make an effort to go there early,” he said.
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