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The back injury to Jasprit Bumrah has served as a big blow to the Indian cricket team.

The back injury to Jasprit Bumrah has served as a big blow to the Indian cricket team. With the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia this month, Bumrah’s excellence as a champion performer in this format is something India will be deprived of. He has been officially ruled out of the tournament. 

Of late, India’s death bowling has faced intense scrutiny, given the way they have gone on to concede runs. With Bumrah a potent figure at the death, not having him weakens India.

So what is the situation ahead and the options present are things we will discuss here.

Whom should India replace Bumrah with?

Reports came about that Mohammed Shami and Deepak Chahar are being considered as Bumrah’s replacements in India’s squad. Now on one hand you have Shami, who last played the format for India back in 2021. Since then, Shami has been ignored. The reason why Shami doesn’t deserve a place is that he has hardly been a regular. Despite making his debut in T20Is back in 2014, Shami has been absent. He has played just 17 T20Is to date in a span of eight years and a few more months. Shami has taken 18 wickets at a dismal 31.55. He also has a high economy rate of 9.54, which is a risk given the nature of surfaces in Australia.

The next option is Chahar, who has returned from injury and has bowled well. He is a consistent figure and generally handles the first six overs with perfection. A new-ball bowler, Chahar has been named for the IND-SA ODIs and given no other member of the World Cup squad is named, there is a doubt if the management is actually looking at Chahar. Perhaps they will wait until the last moment regarding Bumrah and if Chahar impresses in the ODIs, he can be a late addition.

India’s issue at death are a worry

India have Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, and Harshal Patel as primary pace options in the squad. Bhuvi and Harshal lack the rhythm; the former is more of a new-ball bowler. With Bhuvi struggling at the death, it leaves Harshal and Arshdeep to share the load. 

Arshdeep has an economy rate of 8.85 in the last five overs. He has claimed 10 wickets at 15.20. India have issues in the 19th over in a match, and Arshdeep at an average of 53 and an economy rate of over 13 looks risky. Meanwhile, Harshal Patel is better in this regard, averaging 25.50 and an economy rate of under nine. Overall at the, death, Harshal has an economy rate of above 10 at the death. He has an average of 26.23, having claimed 13 wickets. 

If India replace JB with Chahar, then you have Arshdeep and Harshal to handle the death overs. If Chahar and Bhuvi play, the latter will need to bowl at the death alongside one of Arshdeep or Harshal. As per ESPNcricinfo, Bhuvi has bowled 120 balls in the death overs (16-20). He has conceded a staggering 210 runs at an economy rate of 10.50. He has given away 19 fours and nine sixes. He has bowled 16 extras. He has managed to claim 12 wickets at 17.50. 

Bumrah’s numbers in the format

When you look at Bumrah at the death, he has claimed 35 scalps at an average of 17.08. Most importantly, it’s his economy rate which reads as just 7.49. His numbers are way ahead of the current crop of bowlers in the side. Bumrah has an ER of 8.71 in the 19th over. He has claimed four scalps. Overall, JB has claimed 70 scalps in 60 games at 20.22. 

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