Fans and analysts are unsure about Harshal Patel’s health going into the 2019 T20 World Cup after the 31-year-old failed to impress upon his comeback to Team India’s T20I squad. The RCB star and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was also included for India’s team for the championship game, have both struggled recently. In the three-match T20I series, India defeated Australia 2-1, however, Harshal finished with stats of 0 for 49 in 4 overs, 0 for 32 in 2, and 1 for 18 in 2 overs. Despite his dismal performance, it seems that Rohit Sharma still views him as a key member of his starting lineup, calling him “an essential player.”

Rohit clarified at the press conference that followed the game on Sunday, “He is a crucial component for us. After an injury, recovery is never simple. He had been missing cricket for about two months. It’s never simple for a bowler to return after going through that injured period. We haven’t evaluated him based on how he played in these three games since we are aware of his talent.”

“He has previously bowled some really difficult overs for his team (Royal Challenger Bangalore). It’s crucial to continue demonstrating your beliefs. He is also attempting to make amends for his errors. I can see in the nets that he is diligently practicing his bowling. He is still very close to his peak.”

Bhuvneshwar, who was formerly renowned for his prowess in the 19th over, has been struggling in the meanwhile. He gave up 19 against Pakistan and 14 against Sri Lanka at the Asia Cup. Then, in Mohali, he gave up 16 runs in the first T20I against Australia. Then, in the last T20I, Tim David destroyed him for 21 runs in the 18th over. The experienced spinner will be looking to build some momentum before the T20 World Cup despite leaking runs, and Rohit believes “he is not lacking confidence.”

“We must allow Bhuvi this room while dealing with him. In all honesty, he has had more good days than bad days over the last number of years. His performance recently did not meet his expectations. However, it could happen to any bowler. Being in the death bowl is difficult. We’ve been working on various ideas, and maybe, we can give him more opportunities to bowl in the death, which would restore his previous level of performance “explained the Indian captain.

“I’ve talked to him directly, and he exudes confidence, which is something I can easily see. We all have faith in his competence. A few poor performances don’t alter the reality that he has served us well in the past, and his bowling abilities are of a certain caliber “He went on to say.