Bumrah, Jadeja’s absence in T20 World Cup 2022 is a chance for others to step up: Ravi Shastri: Team India has faced two consecutive injury losses ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022. Earlier, premier all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out of the showpiece event owing to his knee injury. Recently, ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah once again triggered his back injury and was subsequently ruled out of the World Cup 2022 in Australia.
However, injuries are never in anyone’s control and no one can predict them. This is the part and parcel of the game which everyone needs to accept. When one player gets injured, it’s an opportunity for the next player to shine and make a place for himself in the team.
Former Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri reckons it’s highly unfortunate to miss Jasprit Bumrah in the T20 World Cup 2022.
“[It’s] unfortunate. There’s so much cricket being played, and people get injured. Bumrah is injured, but it’s an opportunity for somebody else. There is nothing you can do with injury,” Shastri said, as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
Shastri, who held the position of national men’s head coach from 2017-2021, said that while Bumrah’s absence is a huge loss, it is also a time for India to “unearth a new champion.”
“I think we have got enough strength and we have a good team. I have always believed if you make it to the semi-finals, it could be anyone’s tournament. The endeavour would be to start well, get to the semis, and then you have got enough strength to probably win the [World] Cup, for all you know. Bumrah not being there, Jadeja not being there – it hampers the side – but it’s an opportunity to unearth a new champion,” said Shastri.
The T20 World Cup 2022 is crucial for the Indian team as there are high expectations from the fans and cricket veterans. Everyone wants to see the Men in Blue succeed in the tournament and lift the glory once again after 11 years.
It was the 2011 ODI World Cup when India became the World Champions, however, it has been a barren run for team India on the World stage.
As far as the Indian lineup is concerned, the only flaring issue is with death over bowling which can be improved. The named bowlers have played plenty of international matches and know how to adjust lengths. It’s only the execution which they need to put right.
India will open its campaign in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 against Pakistan on 23rd October at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).