Former India’s coach Ravi Shastri has predicted that it will be an opportunity for the youngsters to prove their mettle as Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja will be missing the T20 World Cup 2022. India’s chances at the event in Australia took a big hit when they lost both Bumrah and Jadeja due to injuries. Both men are considered to be crucial cogs in the system for the team. However, Shastri feels it’s an opportunity for another player to step up.
Speaking at the launch of Coaching Beyond, as quoted by ESPNCricinfo, Ravi Shastri opined that Bumrah’s injury is an unfortunate one and there’s nothing that can be done about it. Shastri went on to say that there is enough depth in the Indian team and if the team can start the tournament well, then they can go all the way and win the tournament. The former coach said that while Bumrah and Jadeja’s absence does hamper Team India, it is an opportunity to find a new match-winner for the team.
During the launch of Coaching Beyond in Chennai, Ravi Shastri said, “[It’s] unfortunate. There’s so much cricket being played, and people get injured. He is injured, but it’s an opportunity for somebody else. There is nothing you can do with injury. 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.”
He further added, “The endeavor 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.”
Speaking about Mohammed Shami being touted as a replacement for Bumrah, Ravi Shastri said that Shami’s experience playing in Australia counts.
Elaborating the same, Ravi Shastri said, “Precisely, his experience [in Australian conditions is his strength]. India has been there a lot in the last six years and he has been an integral part of all those tours. So that experience [of having done well in Australia] counts.”