AakashChopra, a former Indian opener feels that Team India’s chances of winning the upcoming edition of the ICC Men’s T20I World Cup are a bit less because of their ordinary show with the ball in recent matches. In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, other Indian bowlers have failed to keep the opposition batters under check and have conceded a lot of runs.
The 2022 edition of the ICC Men’s T20I World Cup is scheduled to start in less than a month’s time. But before that, Team India is facing issues with its bowling, especially in the death overs. In the absence of JaspritBumrah, the Indian bowlers have failed to keep the opposition batters under check, and that has hurt India on three occasions this month when the team is finalising their preparations for the mega event in Australia.
The most experienced pacer, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, was hammered for runs in the 19th over he bowled against Pakistan (September 4), Sri Lanka (September 6) and Australia (1st T20I, September 20), and that is something which is a cause for worry now. Not just Bhuvneshwar Kumar, in fact, the team’s leading spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal, who won the purple cap in the IPL 2022 earlier this year, has also largely looked ineffective.
Aakash Chopra: India’s Chances To Win 2022 T20I World Cup A Bit Less Considering Recent Performances With The Ball
And according to former Indian opening batter Aakash Chopra, India’s mediocre display with the ball will hurt the team’s chances of winning the upcoming T20 World Cup.
In a video posted on his YouTube channel after India’s defeat in the first T20I against Australia, Aakash Chopra discussed Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal’s recent performances and how helpless they looked despite being so experienced.
In the first T20I against Australia, India posted 208 runs on the board but failed to defend it as the defending T20 World Cup winners chased down the total in 19.2 overs for the loss of six wickets.
Both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal, who are India’s top-two leading wicket-takers in the shortest format of the game, conceded more than 12 runs per over.
“Yuzi Chahal continues to bowl faster. How will you get wickets if you don’t bowl slower at all? The reality is that India have a weak bowling line-up and the hopes of winning the World Cup are a bit less. You need to win the remaining games or else you will lose the series against a side that is without its four main players.”
India have not been able to defend targets in recent times, they lost crucial matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Asia Cup 2022 and it bit them back against Australia in the first T20I. Despite posting a daunting 208/6 on the scoreboard, India lost the match to Australia by 4 wickets in Mohali on Tuesday.
For the second T20I game, India might include Jasprit Bumrah in the side in place of Umesh Yadav, who played his first T20I match in more than three and a half years, but Aakash Chopra feels it won’t have a substantial effect on the overall bowling performance.
To prove his point, he gave the example of how Mumbai Indians suffered in the IPL, where Jasprit Bumrah alone couldn’t deliver consistently.
“One bowler can’t come and completely change everything. This is the sad reality. What happened to MI this year when they had just Bumrah? They didn’t win much, right? So, except for a game where you take 5–6 wickets, you won’t make a lot of difference with just one bowler,” he added.
It remains to be seen if the Men in Blue continue to trust Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel at the death, or if they bring in Arshdeep Singh alongside Jasprit Bumrah when the full-strength team is available.