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India vs Australia: Jasprit Bumrah's inclusion brings a different edge to India's bowling, says Sanjay Bangar

India vs Australia: Former batting coach Sanjay Bangar is confident that Jasprit Bumrah's return to the T20I side will bolster India's bowling attack for the remainder of the T20I series. Australia took a 1-0 lead in Mohali after chasing down 209.

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 India vs Australia: Jasprit Bumrah's inclusion brings a different edge to India's bowling, says Sanjay Bangar
Jasprit Bumrah (right) was rested for the first T20I against Australia in Mohali (AP Photo)

In Short

  • Bumrah was rested for the Mohali T20I against Australia
  • Bumrah missed Asia Cup 2022 due to an injury
  • The MI pacer has played only 3 T20Is in 2022

By India Today Web Desk: Former India all-rounder Sanjay Bangar said Jasprit Bumrah's inclusion will help sort out India's bowling woes in the ongoing 3-match T20I series against Australia. Bumrah was rested for the series opener after the lead pacer was included in the squad for the home series following a lengthy injury layoff.

India posted a record total of 208 against Australia after they were sent into bat in the first T20I in Mohali on Tuesday. September 20. However, the hosts were not able to defend the mammoth total as Australia gunned it down in 19.2 overs. The likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Harshal Patel were taken to the cleanrs with Axar Patel being the only bowler with respectable figures.

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Harshal looked sluggish on his return from an injury layoff but India did not risk playing Bumrah in the series opener as captain Rohit Sharma confirmed that the lead pacer needed a bit more time to be match ready.

Rohit expressed his disappointment with the bowling effort in Mohali on Tuesday. Notably, India also struggled to defend totals in the recently-concluded Asia Cup wherein they faced defeats to Pakistan and SrI Lanka in the Super 4 stage. Bumrah was not part of India's Asia Cup squad as well.

"He brings a different edge to the bowling unit altogether. He is at the peak of his career, the peak of his prowess. His ability to execute yorkers, there were bowlers on both sides who tried to do that tonight, but they were not able to do it consistently. That is what Bumrah does consistently, his ability to pick wickets through the middle overs and also test the batters with his yorkers and bouncers in the end overs," Bangar told Star Sports.

Bumrah has only played 3 T20is in 2022 as the senior pacer has been rested through the year due to workload management. However, the Mumbai Indians star is expected to play a key role in the upcoming matches of the ongoing series vs Australia as India will be keen on giving enough match time to Bumrah before the T20 World Cup.

After the T20I series against Australia, India play 3 T20Is against South Africa from September 28 to October 4.