In preparation for the T20 World Cup, Team India arrived in Australia on Thursday. Last week, when the team’s top fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was forced to withdraw from the primary competition due to a back ailment, the team suffered a significant injury blow. In the coming days, a replacement for Bumrah is anticipated, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s performance is another key issue for the Indian squad. The senior bowler has recently battled greatly in the dying overs and hasn’t taken many wickets either.
Harbhajan Singh, a former India spinner, discussed Bhuvneshwar’s performance and said Deepak Chahar would be a suitable replacement. Given Chahar’s improved record recently and his capacity to swing the ball “up-front and both ways,” the former off-spinner supported him over Bhuvneshwar.
Harbhajan Singh said, “Deepak Chahar is the only bowler who can get the ball to swing up-front and both ways, and looks like getting 2-3 wickets in Powerplay.”
He added, “His inswinger is as lethal as his outswing and he can even get to move in non-conducive conditions. At this stage, where we stand today, Deepak is a better-skilled bowler in the present scenario compared to Bhuvneshwar.”
The off-spinner emphasized how Bhuvneshwar had given up a lot of runs in the final overs of both the T20I series against Australia and the Asia Cup. Harbhajan emphasized the importance of prioritizing current form and abilities over experience.
Harbhajan told bluntly, “Bhuvi(Bhuvneshwar) has loads of experience and he will pull off games but 8-10 runs in the 19th over don’t hurt but the moment it is 15 and above, the match slips away. So Deepak would be my choice.”
The former cricketer made remarks on Arshdeep Singh, who served India admirably, especially in the last hours. Arshdeep, according to Harbhajan, is still extremely raw, thus expecting him to regularly perform as expected would be unjust to the 23-year-old.
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“Look, Arsh is a fine talent and one for the future. Also if you are a left-arm seamer, you will create those angles that can trouble batters. But he does need some assistance from the track where he can pitch it up and the ball does a bit off the track,” said Harbhajan.
He concluded by saying, “He is still very raw and needs to bowl a lot in various pressure situations before he becomes battle-hardened. Just to expect that he will be able to execute each of the six balls as per plans under pressure would be unfair to a youngster. But he has the temperament and skills but would need a seasoned bowler around him.”