“India needs to think beyond Jasprit Bumrah” – Saba Karim at home in New Zealand and Australia ahead of the series

Saba Karim thinks the Men in Blue should think beyond Pacer ace Jasprit Bumrah on Thursday, January 12.

Bumrah suffered a back injury that ruled him out of the 2022 T20 World Cup and the bilateral series in New Zealand, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (ongoing) at home. He will also probably miss the white ball series against the Blackcaps at home.

The former India selector thinks the speedster’s return from injury would benefit India, but the hosts shouldn’t count on him across formats. The veteran wants Mohammed Siraj and Umran Malik to continue delivering in Bumrah’s absence. India will next host New Zealand and Australia starting in the 2023 ODI World Championship. Speaking of India NewsKarim said:

“India needs to think beyond Bumrah. If he gets fit that would be a bonus. We need to prepare the bowling session as if Bumrah was unavailable, whether it’s Tests or ODIs. It would benefit India.”

According to ESPNCricinfo, Bumrah will miss the first two Tests against Australia in March. BCCI’s latest update on Jasprit Bumrah:

“Team India Pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the ODI series against Sri Lanka. He’ll need some more time to build bowling resilience. This decision was made as a precautionary measure.”

“If we want to win the World Cup… Bumrah should get fit” – Reetinder Singh Sodhi

Former Indian cricketer Reetinder Singh Sodhi believes India should prepare a replacement for Jasprit Bumrah if they want to win the ODI World Cup at home this year. Speaking of India NewsSodhi said:

“If we want to be world champions, Bumrah either has to get fit or we need someone like him. A strike bowler who can strike fear into the opposition, someone who doesn’t get expensive in the death overs.”

Sodhi continued:

“Following in Jasprit Bumrah’s footsteps is not easy. We hope he gets fit quicker but if he doesn’t get fit look beyond him. We don’t have to wait, we need someone like him to bowl yorkers and variations. Someone who bowls well in the death overs and picks up wickets with the new ball.

After an unassailable 2-0 lead in three-game series, Team India play their final ODI against Sri Lanka in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday 15 January.

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