Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh has stated that his country will miss Bumrah and that other teams will benefit from him not being in the squad because it will give them a chance to score more runs.
On the first day of competition for the Asia Cup 2022, Afghanistan prevailed against Sri Lanka in the Group B matchup, which marked the beginning of the tournament. However, everyone’s attention will be focused on the match that takes place between India and Pakistan in Group A at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.
Both India and Pakistan are missing their premier pace bowlers for this match: Jasprit Bumrah and Shaheen Shah Afridi respectively. Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh has stated that his country will miss Bumrah and that other teams will benefit from him not being in the squad because it will give them a chance to score more runs.
“Bowling wise, Jasprit Bumrah is in a league of his own. When you consider his work over the past two years, you’ll find that he’s made a significant contribution.
This year, he also took over as captain of the team. Therefore, his absence provides a breather for the other teams in the competition. He is a bowler who has the ability to completely change the course of the game “said Harbhajan.
“Both Mohammed Shami and Harshal Patel are notably absent from this gathering. My initial impression is that the Indian team’s bowling isn’t quite up to par. But India has better spinners. Both Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin have a great deal of expertise and can significantly contribute to the team’s chances of victory “he added.
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has also commented on Shaheen Shah Afridi’s absence, and he has criticised the management for not allowing the star speedster to get sufficient rest. Shahid Afridi was the captain of Pakistan when he played for the country.
“Shaheen Shah Afridi is my junior. I keep giving him advise. He has a very combative personality, and he always gives it his all. When he was playing in the PSL, he dived a lot, and I was always giving him the advise that you shouldn’t dive since you are a quick bowler.
You run the risk of getting hurt, but in the end I realised that he is also an Afridi, and he chose to ignore my warnings “said Shahid Afridi.
“He is currently receiving treatment, and all I can do is hope that within the next couple of months he will be back to normal. It is everyone’s hope that he will be able to attend the World Cup; he should not skip out on that competition.
You are absolutely correct; you must not force him to play cricket on a continuous basis. There is not much time left on the clock for fast bowlers. It is to be expected that our bench press would be strong, and it is strong. You need to keep switching up the bowlers and ensuring that everyone gets enough rest “he continued.
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