Kapil Dev criticizes Indian team’s strategy for Bumrah in T20 World Cup 2024

Kapil Dev criticizes Indian team’s strategy for Bumrah in T20 World Cup 2024

In the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has emerged as a standout performer for the Men in Blue. With his impeccable bowling skills, Bumrah has played a pivotal role in securing victories for the Indian cricket team in their initial encounters against Ireland and Pakistan. His ability to deliver under pressure has undoubtedly bolstered India’s campaign in the tournament.

Jasprit Bumrah’s role under scanner

Despite his remarkable performances, questions have been raised regarding Bumrah’s role in the Indian team’s strategy. Former cricketers and legends of the game, including ex-India captain Kapil Dev, have expressed their concerns over the management’s decision not to utilize Bumrah’s potential to its fullest.

It’s noteworthy that in both matches against Ireland and Pakistan, Bumrah did not open the bowling for India. Instead, the new ball was handed to Arshdeep Singh and Mohammed Siraj. However, Bumrah’s exceptional display on the field earned him the Player of the Match award in both instances, further highlighting his indispensable contribution to the team’s success.

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Kapil Dev’s critique

Meanwhile, Kapil emphasized the importance of deploying Bumrah at the forefront of India’s bowling attack. He underscored Bumrah’s ability to take wickets early on, asserting that such a strategy would exert pressure on the opposition and provide a significant advantage to the Indian team.

“He needs to bowl the first over, he is a wicket-taking bowler. If you make him bowl the fifth or sixth bowler, the game can slip out of your hands,” said Kapil while speaking to ABP News.

Kapil reckoned that early wickets are crucial for maintaining pressure on the opposition. He advocated for a proactive approach, asserting that deploying Bumrah at the start of the innings not only capitalizes on his wicket-taking ability but also facilitates a domino effect, making it easier for the entire bowling unit to assert control over the game.

“This is not a Test match. This is T20. The quicker you take wickets, the more pressure it puts on the opposition. It is better to have a positive mindset. If Bumrah opens the bowling and picks up a couple of wickets, life becomes easier for the other bowlers as well,” added Kapil.

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