Former Indian captain, Sunil Gavaskar believes India will be facing a lot of difficulties on their upcoming tour of England as Jasprit Bumrah had earlier got himself injured while playing against Ireland in the first T20 match at Malahide. With Bumrah missing out from the team, captain Kohli will have to rethink on his bowling options.
While Bumrah is out of the playing XI in the T20 games, Umesh Yadav will be given an opportunity to replace him. India also has Siddarth Kaul in the team. Virat last played with Kaul in U-19 World Cup that took place in 2008. He made his T20I debut against Ireland in the second of the two games.
Gavaskar wrote, “India has a problem as Bumrah has been ruled out for the T20 series. He and Bhuvneshwar Kumar make a potent pair, be it at the start of the innings or when bowling in the final overs. Umesh Yadav, his most likely replacement, had a magnificent IPL and bowled quick against Ireland. The two spinners Yuzuvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will once again be the key and if they can choke up the runs in the middle overs, England can be restricted too."
The former Indian player even believes that England's current ODI form makes them a stronger team. When asked about England, he added “England, of course, will be a different kettle of fish as they have a much better team and players who have played loads of T20 cricket all over the world.”
“Remember also that England were the runners-up in the ICC World T20 couple of years back and was only denied the title because of the ferocious hitting of Carlos Brathwaite that took the West Indies home.” Gavaskar concluded.