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The hunt for Jasprit Bumrah’s replacement is still on and the question remains as to who will replace India’s ace of pace. Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Deepak Chahar continue to be the frontrunners to replace Jasprit Bumrah who was ruled out of the 20-20 World Cup due to a back injury. Bumrah was struggling with a back injury for the last month or so. He missed the Asia Cup 2022 due to a back spasm and was ruled out of the T20Is against South Africa due to a lower back stress fracture after he played two matches against Australia.
Mohammed Shami is being looked at as the ideal replacement for Bumrah because of his experience as a bowler and also someone who has played in Australian conditions. Shami played in Australia in the 2015 World Cup where he was in prime form. He picked up 17 wickets from just seven matches in the big tournament, at an outstanding economy rate of 4.81 and an average of 17.29, and a strike rate of 21.5. Shami has been battling fitness issues and has just recovered from a bout of Covid 19.
Speaking of the same, Former India cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar said that Siraj is pushing Shami for a spot in the 20-20 World Cup squad.
Here is the tweet:
Siraj seriously pushing Shami for that Bumrah spot in the squad.👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) October 9, 2022
Manjrekar has observed Siraj’s performance in the second ODI against South Africa where he picked up 3 wickets for 38 runs and what was more heartening was the fact that he bowled four out of his ten overs at the death. The ten-over spell from Siraj changed the game in favour of India as South Africa’s batters such as David Miller and Wayne Parnell could not get going in the last ten overs as they scored only 57 runs in that period which resulted in the Proteas getting only 278 from their fifty overs.
India chased down the target in 45.5 overs with Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer who scored a 161-run partnership which helped India overhaul 278 where Iyer and Kishan scored 113 from 111 balls with 15 fours and 93 runs from 84 balls with four fours and seven sixes in the chase.