Rajkumar Sharma, a former Delhi cricketer and youth coach of Virat Kohli, is concerned about the form Indian bowlers have shown in the recent past. The Men in Blue failed to defend a huge 209 goal against Australia in Mohali on Tuesday (20 September).
It was their third defeat in four games while defending the standings, the previous two defeats coming at the 2022 Asian Cup. Bhuvneshwar Kumar struggled with Jasprit Bumrah’s absence through injury, while Harshal Patel made an underwhelming return from injury.
Rajkumar couldn’t understand how a country with such a large talent pool when it came to fast bowlers should now be eagerly scouting for options. Speaking to India News Sports, the former cricketer had this to say about the team’s weak bowling line-up:
“About a few years ago we had a pool of 9-10 fast bowlers. But now I don’t know where they disappeared. The team supports their experienced bowlers because they haven’t nurtured others from that pool enough and now there’s a vacuum in that area of Indian cricket.”
“We expected Bhuvneshwar to intervene in Bumrah’s absence, but he was ordinary on death. The time has probably come to make difficult decisions.”
In their game against Australia, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel conceded a combined 38 runs in the 18th and 19th overs. It allowed the Australians to easily pursue their goal after initially requiring 55 runs from their last four overs.
Rajkumar Sharma on Indian bowlers not preselecting wickets
Team India failed to consistently strike early on the power play in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah. This has given the opposition a flying start. Australia scored 60 runs for losing just one wicket on the power play during the first T20I at Mohali.
Rajkumar Sharma believes the bowling attack appears to be heavily dependent on Bumrah and stated that there is urgent need for improvement.
To this end he stated:
“Not picking wickets on the power play turns out to be a big problem. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a veteran swing bowler and you expect wickets from him in advance.”
“We know very well how he was uncovered in the death and the team greatly misses the services of Bumrah. Our bowling looks very weak at the moment and has been exposed.”
India will hope to put in a better bowling performance at the second T20I to be played in Nagpur on Friday (September 23).
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