On Tuesday, India scored a big total of 209 runs against Australia, and again failed to defend it. Defending the total has been a real challenge for Indian team, since Asia Cup 2022. It seems that, Indian pacer and death-over specialist Bhuvneshwar Kumar has lost his spark, as he conceded 16 runs last night in the 19th over, and he had the same issue in the Asia Cup against Pakistan and Sri Lanka where he had leaked 19 runs and 14 runs in the 19th over. While Harshal Patel also looked off color in his comeback match, as he conceded 49 runs without any wickets, in his 4 overs spell.
After the defeat, Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar advised that Bhuvneshwar Kumar has immense experience, and if he is consistently bowling expensive spells, then it is a real big problem for India.
“When somebody like a Bhuvneshwar Kumar is going for so many runs every single time when he is anticipated 49 runs in 18 deliveries in 3 matches that India have lost against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Australia. Someone of his experience and his caliber, you expect maybe he would give 35-36 runs. That is an area of concern.” He added.
Indian Legend was very disappointed by the performance of Bhuvi but he defended Harshal Patel because of the long break and recommended Jasprit Bumrah with him in the upcoming matches.
“Harshal is generally a very meaty bowler,” Sunil Gavaskar said. “But let’s not forget he is coming back after a long break. That’s why it’s so important for the bowlers to have plenty of overs before they get to the World Cup. That’s why India should play Bumrah and Harshal even in a couple of ODIs to get miles in their legs. And to get their rhythm going. That’s something the Indian management will have to look at,” he said.
After losing a high-scoring match against Kangaroos in Mohali, India must focus on their death bowling, just before the T20 World Cup 2022. At this stage, India is missing their best pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who is fit and hopefully will play the second T20I match against Australia in Nagpur. But Indian team can’t be totally dependent one bowler, if Indian wants to lift the World Cup. Others have to take their responsibility as well.