Rajkumar Sharma, a former Delhi cricketer and youth coach of Virat Kohli, thinks India’s dismal 2022 Asia Cup campaign has exposed their lack of fast bowling experience.
Along with the seasoned Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the Men in Blue pinned their hopes on emerging athletes such as Arshdeep Singh and Avesh Khan. However, in light of the injuries suffered by Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel, it appears that choosing to ignore Mohammed Shami had a very negative impact.
India missed the services of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami: Rajkumar Sharma
Ahead of the pivotal T20 World Cup next month, Sharma revealed to India News Sports how important it is for the Men in Blue to have experience within their bowling lineup. He said:
“We counted on youngsters to do the work for us in the Asian Cup and Arshdeep Singh was impressive. However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was inconsistent and needs to rethink his death bowling.
“In a tournament like the T20 World Cup you definitely need experienced and wicket-taking bowlers and India has missed the services of Bumrah and Shami very much.”
Rajkumar Sharma prefers Mohammed Shami to be part of India’s T20 World Cup roster
Rajkumar Sharma went on to explain how dismayed he was that Shami was missed by the selectors, especially as Bumrah’s expertise was inaccessible for the Asian Cup. He believes that Shami should undoubtedly qualify for the T20 World Cup.
To this he stated: “Shami should definitely have been picked by Team India for the Asian Cup, especially if they didn’t have Jasprit Bumrah. He is experienced and has shown in the IPL that he has the real wicket-taking abilityj.
“I hope he gets a chance in the next series and if he does well he could become a contender for a spot in the T20 World Cup squad.”
Bumrah and Harshal have both passed their fitness tests and are expected to be selected for the T20 World Cup, according to India News. Sharma believes the pair should play every match to make sure they are in the right rhythm as they will soon be playing two series of three T20Is against Australia and South Africa.
He added: “They (Bumrah and Harshal) will definitely have to play the Australia and South Africa series because there is a protocol that you have to prove that you are match fit.
It will also be interesting to see how they form because in your comeback you are always careful that the injury should not recur. But there is no doubt about their selection when they are fully fit.”
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