IPL 2023: 5 Players who can replace Jasprit Bumrah in MI squad
Jasprit Bumrah is unlikely to feature in the upcoming IPL season due to a recurring back injury.
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Jasprit Bumrah is a giant of a player in the international arena. He has dismantled top-quality batting line-ups for fun and stamped his authority on the cricket field. The ace pacer has featured in 60 T20Is and bagged 70 wickets at an economy of 6.62, which is phenomenal, considering he bowls a lot at the fag end of the innings.
Bumrah has also made the Indian Premier League (IPL) his happy hunting ground. He has been a strike force with the ball for Mumbai Indians and bagged 145 wickets in 120 matches at an economy of 7.39. However, the 29-year-old is unlikely to feature in the upcoming season due to a recurring back injury.
Bumrah has been sidelined from competitive cricket due to a back injury since September 2022. However, he was initially expected to recover from the same by the start of the IPL 2023. But it does not appear to be the case as he is reported to miss the entire season of the cash-rich league and is doubtful for even the probable 2021-23 World Test Championship final in June.
Here are five players who can replace Jasprit Bumrah in the MI squad
5. Mohit Avasthi
Mohit Avasthi has set the domestic arena on fire from the time he made his debut in 2021. The 30-year-old has featured in 13 first-class games and bagged 37 wickets at an average of 27.59. In the List-A format, he has picked up 17 scalps in 12 games at an economy of 5.50.
Avasthi was quite magnificent in the 2022 season of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He featured in seven games for Mumbai and bagged 10 wickets at an economy of 7.88. The right-arm pacer was also impressive in the recently culminated edition of the Ranji Trophy, picking up 21 scalps in seven outings.
Avasthi has been in a rich vein of form and Mumbai could rope him into their side for the upcoming season. Moreover, his addition will also provide a local flare to the team and therefore, the team management might lean towards signing the right-arm pacer.
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