Sanjay Bangar opens up on India’s bowling in Jasprit Bumrah’s absence
By SMCS - Aug 22, 2022 2:20 pm
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The former Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar said that Team India will miss India speedster Jasprit Bumrah’s services more in the middle overs than at the death in the upcoming Asia Cup 2022. The tournament will be played in the UAE from August 27 to September 11 and Jasprit Bumrah is not a part of the 15-member Indian squad due to a back injury.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah bowled a phenomenal first over

During an interaction on the Star Sports show ‘Follow the Blues’, Bangar said: “Arshdeep is a good option who bowls good yorkers, has a lot of control and an excellent temperament to bowl in the death overs. So he (Bumrah) will not be missed that much in the death overs but the Indian team will definitely feel his absence in the middle overs.”

However, Bangar wants Bhuvneshwar Kumar to take more responsibilities both with the new ball and at the death in Bumrah’s absence.

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He has expressed: “Bhuvneshwar Kumar will have to take greater responsibility and that means bowling two overs at the start and then again bowling two overs in the last four overs, which is his strength. I feel the one over where the team uses Bumrah in the middle overs, there his absence will definitely be felt.”

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar did well in Cuttack

Meanwhile, apart from Bhuvneshwar and Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan is the only other specialist pacer in India’s squad. It will be interesting to see if they field all three of them in the playing XI or go with Hardik Pandya as the third seam-bowling option as well.

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“Yuzvendra Chahal is a bowler who is extremely clever and he knows how to play with the batter’s mind. The way he senses which delivery to bowl against a batter in a particular situation, he knows that very well and that is why he has been contributing nicely as a wrist-spinner for the Indian team for a long time. He has contributed to plenty of wins. The way he will bowl the wider lines, the way he will use the googly against the left-handers, I feel you can definitely expect that he will play the wicket-taking role in the middle overs in crunch matches,” Sanjay Bangar concluded.