Sunil Gavaskar senses problem within Indian ranks after Bumrah's injury

Sunil Gavaskar senses problem within Indian ranks after Bumrah’s injury

The 24-year old pacer was injured in the T20 series in Ireland.

Jasprit Bumrah India v Sri Lanka
Indian cricketer Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

With the Indian tour of England almost underway, former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar reckons that the visitors may well be missing their trump card Jasprit Bumrah. The latter injured himself when playing the Irish in Dublin. With an injury, Virat Kohli’s bowling options have seemingly diminished rather significantly.

Writing in his column, Gavaskar stated that Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah have indeed become quite the pair. While Umesh Yadav will be expected to replace him, Kohli’s options venture into the fact that Siddharth Kaul is also a part of the side. The duo of Kohli and Kaul are reuniting since their tryst in 2008 when they lifted the U19 World Cup together.

Gavaskar wrote, “India has a problem as Bumrah has been ruled out for the T20 series. He and Bhuvneshwar Kumar make a potent pair, be it at the start of the innings or when bowling in the final overs. Umesh Yadav, his most likely replacement, had a magnificent IPL and bowled quick against Ireland. The two spinners Yuzuvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will once again be the key and if they can choke up the runs in the middle overs, England can be restricted too.”

England is a changed team: Gavaskar

The former skipper also went on to write tha the hosts are indeed a reformed and a stronger squad. He also went on to add that the Brits were denied the World T20 in India courtesy of Carlos Brathwaite’s whirlwind knock. “England, of course, will be a different kettle of fish as they have a much better team and players who have played loads of T20 cricket all over the world.”

“Remember also that England were the runners-up in the ICC World T20 couple of years back and was only denied the title because of the ferocious hitting of Carlos Brathwaite that took the West Indies home.”

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