With just over 6 months to go until the next edition of the World Cup, Team India would love to see their star pitcher completely fit and ready for the big event. The problem, however, is that there aren’t too many family ODIs left for India to play before the big event starts and Bumrah has been missing for a while.
Bumrah underwent a successful surgery in Christchurch (in New Zealand) and according to reports is expected to be out of action for six months. That means he won’t be taking part in India’s Asian Cup campaign and a possible return before the World Cup will also be up for grabs.
Team India has not been able to win any ICC silver medals for a long time. Last time India won ICC World Cup The trophy made a comeback in 2011 when India captain MS Dhoni won the title (50 rounds) after 28 years.
With the upcoming edition of the World Cup to be hosted by India, the former Sri Lankan tennis player Dilhara Fernando feel the host and captain Rohit Sharma would need Bumrah’s services.
Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
“Bumrah is fantastic. If you look at India’s performance in the last 5 years, Bumrah has played a huge role. He has led the speed attacks very well. He is a changer. I’m not sure about his injury update, but he will be an important player for India at the World Cup Rohit will need him in the World Cup India and Rohit will really need him. at the World Cup,” said Fernando TimesofIndia.com in an exclusive interview.
“Bumrah in India’s terms is on another level. He’s a nightmare for the opposition. India’s pace of attack looks good and India is a top contender at the World Cup, ” Fernando, who played 40 Tests, 147 ODIs and 18 T20Is for Sri Lanka between 2000 and 2016, added to TimesofIndia.com
Fernando knows a thing or two about playing in Indian terms. In addition to the international matches he has played domestically, Fernando was part of the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians from 2008 to 2011, where he played under Sachin Tendulkar for all four seasons.
Fernando believes that Bumrah, who currently plays under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy at the Mumbai Indians, will be a key player to the most successful captaining in IPL history.
“Bumrah and Rohit know each other very well and have a close friendship, so Rohit will very much want Bumrah to attend the World Cup. IPL and the Mumbai Indians have played an important role in Bumrah’s career. Rohit and Bumrah understand each other very well, especially in difficult conditions. Bumrah will be key for India as well as for Rohit,” Fernando said.
UMRAN = SHOAIB AKHTAR
Meanwhile, Fernando was amazed by India’s new Umran Malik speed gun. India already has a big weapon in their speed arsenal in the new speed sensation Umran. His ability to consistently pitch at 150 km/h plus 150 km/h wowed everyone, including Fernando, who recorded a career-best ODI of 27/ 6.
Umran Malik (AFP Photo)
“Umran Malik has impressed me a lot because of his speed. He has a bright future. I have never seen an Indian fast pitcher bowling more than 150 points. He He’s a unique talent and has all the ingredients to be a perfect fast pitcher.” Fernando told TimesofIndia.com.
“I caught a glimpse of Shoaib Akhtar in Umran. He reminded me of Akhtar. His ability to create speed, accuracy and pitches impressed me a lot. He will become what he is. world-class pitcher someday,” added the Sri Lankan.
India beat Sri Lanka to win the 2011 World Cup.
When asked about the current Sri Lankan team and their chances of winning the World Cup, Fernando said: “Sri Lanka is a very unpredictable team. Sometimes they beat the top teams, the best teams. one with their great performance and on some days they couldn’t stand the pressure and lost matches against the bottom teams Sri Lankan team has no consistency Consistency is what is lacking in the team This Sri Lanka, the players are inconsistent. But we have a good coaching team now. This team is in the rebuilding phase, and I’m sure that when the World Cup comes, this team will be ready. ready and will do miracles.”