Former Delhi cricketer and Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma is worried about the form displayed by Indian bowlers in the recent past. The Men in Blue failed to defend a whopping 209 goal against Australia at Mohali on Tuesday (September 20).
It was their third loss in four games while defending totals, with the previous two defeats having come in the 2022 Asian Cup. Bhuvneshwar Kumar struggled in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah through injury , while Harshal Patel made a disappointing return from injury.
Rajkumar couldn’t understand how a country with such a talent pool of fast bowlers must now be fervently looking for options. Speaking to India News Sports, here’s what the former cricketer had to say about the bowling squad’s weak roster:
“About two years ago we had a pool of 9-10 fast bowlers. But now I don’t know where they’ve gone. The team supports their experienced bowlers because they haven’t prepared the others enough to this pool and now there is a void in this area of Indian cricket.”
“We expected Bhuvneshwar to step up in Bumrah’s absence, but he’s been ordinary in death. Now is probably a time for tough decisions.”
In their match against Australia, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel conceded a combined 38 runs in the 18th and 19th overs. This made it easy for the Australians to pursue their goal after initially needing 55 runs from the last four overs.
Rajkumar Sharma on Indian bowlers not picking wickets in advance
The Indian team, in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, failed to strike consistently early on the power play. It helped the opposition get off to a good start. Australia scored 60 runs for just one wicket loss on the power play in the first T20I at Mohali.
Rajkumar Sharma thinks the bowling offense seems to depend heavily on Bumrah and said there is a desperate need for improvement.
On this he said:
“Not picking wickets on the power play is proving to be a huge problem. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is an experienced bowler and you expect wickets from him upfront.”
“We know very well how he was exposed to death and the team is sorely lacking the services of Bumrah. Our bowling currently looks very weak and has been exposed.”
India are hoping to perform better in bowling in the second T20I which will be played in Nagpur on Friday, September 23.