Former India manager Saba Karim has questioned why Jasprit Bumrah was named in India’s squad for the T20I series against Australia if he was not in top form.
Karim was among those surprised when Rohit Sharma said during the draw in Mohali on Tuesday September 20 that Bumrah was not quite fit for the first T20I.
The former wicketkeeper questioned the lack of transparency over the pacer’s fitness and felt he shouldn’t have made the squad if he wasn’t fit. As a former manager, he knows that a player is only selected for the team when the medical team deems him fit.
Speaking to India News Sports, Karim also gave his thoughts on whether Jasprit Bumrah’s return will solve all problems in Team India’s bowling attack. He said:
“If Bumrah was fit, why didn’t you play him? If he had a problem, how was he in the squad? Such questions will come up and need to be asked.”
“We also have to see if Bumrah is in that rhythm as he only played one T20I in England after the IPL [Indian Premier League]. If he doesn’t get enough support from the other side, then naturally his addition won’t make a huge difference to the team.”
Saba Karim was also left baffled by the hosts’ decision to play Umesh Yadav ahead of Deepak Chahar, who was named in the reserves for the 2022 T20 World Cup. He added:
“Why did Umesh Yadav play when you had Deepak Chahar who is in the reserve for the World Cup? When you have selected 15 players, you have to rotate between them and you cannot play against anyone from the outside.”
Deepak Chahar and Jasprit Bumrah need playing time: Rajkumar Sharma
Former Delhi cricketer and Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma was also present in the same panel. He agreed with Karim’s opinion that Team India should give game time to Deepak Chahar and Jasprit Bumrah as both are coming back from injuries.
On this he said:
“Deepak Chahar and Bumrah need game time. Our bowling seems really weak and we have to try different combinations to see what works best for the team.”
“If there are injuries in the World Cup, you need players who are ready to come into the XI and play. Deepak travels with the team as a reserve, so it’s important for him to play.”
It will be interesting to see if the duo will make India’s squad for the second T20I against the Australians in Nagpur on Friday, September 23.
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