Recently, Team India suffered a demoralizing 0-3 series loss in the ODI series against New Zealand after having won the preceding five-match T20I series against the same opposition. The lack of penetration by the Indian bowling unit, including spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, who for the first time in his career went wicketless in three consecutive matches.
Bumrah has claimed just a solitary wicket in the six ODIs that he has played since he has made a comeback from a back injury and lack of discipline has been a usual thing that we have seen from the champion fast bowler.
Every Indian cricket fan including former cricketers like VVS Laxman has expressed their concerns over Bumrah’s form. However, former Indian speedster, Ashish Nehra isn’t that worried. He feels that there is too much pressure on Bumrah, and given the fact that he is returning from injury, people need to cut him some slack.
As per the quotes in TOI, Nehra said, “You can’t expect Bumrah to deliver in every series. One has to remember he is returning from injury. It’s difficult for anybody to keep performing at the top of his game all the time. Even Virat Kohli has had a quiet series.”
Nehra also feels that the Indian team management is too much dependant on Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah and the management would do well if they define the role of the third pacer, urging them to perform more often than not.
The veteran pacer said, “The other pacers, besides Bumrah and (Mohammad) Shami, need to know their roles. They have got used to having Bumrah and Shami firing for the last two years. There has been very little consistency in the team selection so far.”
With there are very few chances of Ishant Sharma playing the Test series against New Zealand, Nehra reckons that Navdeep Saini should make his debut ahead of Umesh Yadav in case Ishant is ruled out.
Nehra said, “In the current scenario, Saini is better prepared for Test cricket than Umesh Yadav, since he has the momentum with the team. But he largely depends on the back-of a-length deliveries. If he can get his length a bit fuller at his pace, he would open up more chances of getting wickets behind the stumps.”