Due to Jasprit Bumrah’s injury, Team India will have a tough battle, with the possibility of deploying pacers Deepak Chahar and Mohammed Shami as backups during the next T20 World Cup. Even though a replacement has not yet been identified, according to former cricketer Parthiv Patel, Shami is the “frontrunner” and “deserves” to replace Bumrah in Rohit Sharma’s squad. In his chat with Cricbuzz, the former wicketkeeper-batter also delivered an important update on Shami, who is now recovering from a case of Covid-19.

“Mohammad Shami will probably take Jasprit Bumrah’s spot in this lineup, in my view. With 20 days left, he has practically fully recovered from Covid-19. Before the World Cup, India will play two exhibition games in Perth, followed by contests with Australia and New Zealand. He will so get game time. He deserves to be here, in my opinion. I believe he is the frontrunner, “said he.

Bumrah has been ruled out of the contest due to a back ailment, and India will also be without their promising all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. India, who is presently behind South Africa 1-0 in the ongoing one-day international series, is now led by Shikhar Dhawan. On Sunday, there will be the second ODI.

Rohit led the hosts to a 2-1 win in a recent three-match T20I series against South Africa. He will be attempting to build upon the success of his squad by defeating Pakistan to begin their T20 World Cup campaign. India and Babar Azam’s squad will face off in the first T20 World Cup game on October 23 in Melbourne. Rohit said after the third T20I that India would need to choose a bowler “who has the knowledge of bowling in Australia.”

Without divulging too much about Bumrah’s successor, he said: “We must continue to research and find answers since it’s a work in progress. Since some of the guys have never been to Australia, we are leaving early. We want to play on Perth’s bouncy grounds and see how we do. Due to the fact that only 7 or 8 members of the squad have visited Australia, we have organized a few exhibition games. We need to be aware of the possible combinations. Bumrah won’t be competing in the World Cup. Therefore, we need to find a bowler with experience in Australian bowling. We won’t be able to be certain until we go to Australia and see the bowler there.”