Injured bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been formally ruled out of the next T20 World Cup, dealing a significant blow to India’s fast bowling arsenal. Bumrah was among the greatest death bowlers for the Men in Blue, and the management may be even more concerned about India’s death bowling issues due to his absence. Cricket experts weigh in on who India should replace the 28-year-old after the catastrophic defeat.

Before the World Cup, former India opener Aakash Chopra offered his opinion on the country’s pace bowling scenario. Chopra has criticized the management for including aggressive speed bowlers in the team after Bumrah’s absence was made known in a post on Twitter.

“India’s offensive option, Boom(Bumrah), may have enabled the team to have more defensive choices. But, I would be astonished if the selectors/team management didn’t have a major rethink about their plan now that he isn’t there, “the former cricketer for India wrote.

The 45-year-old made criticisms of previous squad selections and the 2022 Asia Cup. Additionally, he supported Mohammad Shami’s choice for the World Cup roster.

“Bumrah missed the trip to WI and the Asia Cup, and if Shami was the best replacement for Bumrah (if he didn’t make it), then he should have at the very least participated in the Asia Cup. Instead, India sent only three fast bowlers. Paying for it, “Chopra wrote.

Shami has only been announced as a standby player for the world cup and hasn’t played any cricket recently since missing the Asia Cup 2022. Mohammad Siraj, a fast bowler, is another candidate to take Bumrah’s spot.