India's Jasprit Bumrah in action during the 2019 ICC World Cup | AFP / Dibyangshu Sarkar
India's Jasprit Bumrah in action during the 2019 ICC World Cup | AFP / Dibyangshu Sarkar

Sanjay Bangar reckons Team India will miss Jasprit Bumrah’s services more in the middle overs than at the death in the Asia Cup 2022.

The continental T20 tournament will be played in the UAE from August 27 to September 11. Jasprit Bumrah is not part of the 15-member Indian squad for the Asia Cup 2022 tournament due to a back injury.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Credits: Twitter)

Sanjay Bangar: Jasprit Bumrah Won’t Be Missed That Much In The Death Overs But His Absence Will Be Felt In The Middle Overs

During an interaction, Sanjay Bangar was asked about his views on India’s bowling attack in Jasprit Bumrah’s absence.

He said that Arshdeep Singh, the 23-year-old who was roped into the national squad following his exploits in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is a good option in the death overs as he managed to make those his own by delivering yorkers with great precision.

He responded: “Arshdeep is a good option who bowls good yorkers, has a lot of control and an excellent temperament to bowl in the death overs. So he (Bumrah) will not be missed that much in the death overs but the Indian team will definitely feel his absence in the middle overs.”

Sanjay Bangar | Twitter: ANI Digital
Sanjay Bangar | Twitter: ANI Digital

Sanjay Bangar wants Bhuvneshwar Kumar to shoulder greater responsibilities both with the new ball and at the death in his trusted seam-bowling partner’s absence.

The former Indian batting coach elaborated: “Bhuvneshwar Kumar will have to take greater responsibility and that means bowling two overs at the start and then again bowling two overs in the last four overs, which is his strength.

“I feel the one over where the team uses Bumrah in the middle overs, there his absence will definitely be felt.”

Apart from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan is the only other specialist seamer in India’s squad. It will be interesting to see if they field all three pacers in the playing XI or go with Hardik Pandya as the third seam-bowling option.

Jasprit Bumrah last played a competitive game during the ODI series against England last month. He was then rested for the recently-concluded tour of West Indies where India played 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is. He was also not included in the ODI squad for the Zimbabwe tour.

In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, the Indian bowling attack in the Asia Cup will be less lethal. There is no experienced fast bowler other than Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the team. Arshdeep Singh and Avesh Khan have made it to the team as fast bowlers. In-form speedster Harshal Patel has also not been selected in the Asia Cup squad due to injury.

Sanjay Bangar: Yuzvendra Chahal Will Be Expected To Play Wicket Taking Role In The Middle Overs

Sanjay Bangar was further asked about the Indian team’s expectations from leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

He replied: “Yuzvendra Chahal is a bowler who is extremely clever and he knows how to play with the batter’s mind. The way he senses which delivery to bowl against a batter in a particular situation, he knows that very well and that is why he has been contributing nicely as a wrist-spinner for the Indian team for a long time.”

Yuzvendra Chahal Image Source: Twitter
Yuzvendra Chahal Image Source: Twitter

Sanjay Bangar feels the leg-spinner will be a potent weapon for the Men in Blue in the middle overs. In the IPL 2022 season, Yuzvendra Chahal ended up winning the Purple Cap after picking up 27 wickets.

In IPL 2022, after being picked for Rs. 6.5 crores by Rajasthan Royals during the IPL 2022 auction, he accounted for 27 scalps in only 17 games averaging only 19.52 which came at an economy rate of only 7.75.

The cricketer-turned-analyst said: “He has contributed to plenty of wins. The way he will bowl the wider lines, the way he will use the googly against the left-handers, I feel you can definitely expect that he will play the wicket-taking role in the middle overs in crunch matches.”

Yuzvendra Chahal is India’s highest wicket-taker in T20I cricket. The wily spinner has scalped 79 wickets in 62 matches and has an acceptable economy rate of 8.09.