The absence of Jasprit Bumrah will be a big blow to India in the T20 World Cup.© BCCI
Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson thinks Mohammed could replace Siraj Jasprit Bumrah in the Indian roster if the star player is ruled out of the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup due to injury. Bumrah missed the Asian Cup last month due to a back injury, which has also ruled him out of the ongoing T20I series against South Africa. India’s Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) announced Monday that the star pacer has been banned from the tournament and said a replacement would be announced “soon”.
In the latest episode of ICC Review, Watson said that if Bumrah is not available for the tournament, he would choose Siraj for the showpiece Down Under.
Watson thinks Siraj brings a lot of firepower and offers speed and resilience, which will be crucial on Australian circuits.
“The player I would put in if Jasprit is unavailable is Mohammed Siraj, because of the firepower he presents. Without Bumrah, that’s the one thing India won’t necessarily have, which is vital on Australian wickets in the bigger ground with the pace and bounce. Siraj is great with the brand new ball. He’s fast, he swings the ball away, but his defensive skills are pretty good too. And he’s gotten better over the years, with what we’ve seen in the IPL So for me, he’s probably going to be the one that’s going to have the most impact,” Watson said.
However, Watson suggested that Bumrah’s absence could dampen India’s chances of canceling the T20 World Cup.
“Frankly, I think it will have a huge impact on India’s chances of winning the T20 World Cup,” he added.
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