The team’s inability to defend totals without Jasprit Bumrah, in the opinion of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, has been an issue for them for some time, and the management has to make some changes.
The current three-match T20I series between Team India and Australia did not get off to the best of starts as the hosts failed to hold on to 208 runs in Mohali and the bowlers failed to put in a heroic effort. Only Axar Patel was successful in getting wickets while also being frugal. If Jasprit Bumrah participates in the crucial second T20I after sitting out the first T20I, it will be interesting to see.
Without Jasprit Bumrah, the squad, in Sunil Gavaskar’s opinion, has struggled to defend totals for a while. The managerial structure also needs to change.
India’s weakness is this. This issue is not brand-new. They have been unable to defend without Jasprit Bumrah for a few years now. They can defend the score when Bumrah is around, but without him, they lose even 200+ totals. Having said that, we must devise a solution. If not, it might subsequently be harmful to them. Following the opening Twenty20 International between Australia and India, Gavaskar made a statement on Sports Tak.
Gavaskar responded to a question about Jasprit Bumrah’s fitness by saying, “Regarding his (Bumrah’s) fitness, I believe that the team management wants him to be 100% fit before picking him for India’s XI because he is such a crucial team member. He might do a performance in Nagpur.
But consider this. When they are pursuing a goal and winning games, the Indian squad performs at its best. However, it actually functions the other way around. Between overs 16 and 20, they still lack the requisite bowling. This results in repeated losses for the squad, he continued.
On Friday in Nagpur, the second T20I match between India and Australia will be played.
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