Indian T20I team secured a 2-1 series victory against Proteas on Monday (October 4) at Indore. Although India lost the final T20I, there were a lot of positives for the Men in Blue in the batting department from the series, which saw the return of the form of KL Rahul, while Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav continued their rich form. However, the bowling unit certainly leaked runs, which was a matter of concern for the skipper Rohit Sharma.
In the post-match presentation, Sharma shared his thoughts on the series, particularly the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, who is struggling with back injury concerns and was unavailable for this series. Furthermore, the experienced pacer has also been ruled out of T20 World Cup 2022, which has put pressure on the other bowlers to stand up in his absence.
The 35-year-old thinks the team will have to find an apt replacement for Bumrah, who has the experience of playing in Australia. He was not sure about the player who is likely to replace the pacer but thinks they will soon finalise it in some days of time.
“Bumrah is out of the World Cup, so we need to find a bowler who has experience of bowling in Australia. Not sure whom that bowler is going to be, we will see once we travel to Australia, we'll find it out there,” said Rohit at the post-match presentation.
With Mohammed Siraj returning expensive in the third T20I, the nod can be given to either Deepak Chahar or Mohammed Shami. Chahar has done well since his return from injury in the last few months, while Shami holds the experience of playing in Australia and has proven himself in the IPL.