While defending a large total three times in as many games against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Australia, Bhuvneshwar Kumar stumbled in the 19th over. In his first game back after an injury hiatus, Harshal Patel allowed 22 runs in the 18th over on Tuesday in Mohali’s match with Australia. Before being hurt, he allowed the same amount of runs against South Africa in June in New Delhi’s 17th over. India failed to hold onto large totals in each of those instances, and the crucial period was between the 17th and 19th over. With less than a month till the T20 World Cup in Australia, India’s death bowling is still causing skipper Rohit Sharma the most trouble.

However, Jasprit Bumrah, who didn’t participate in any of the aforementioned disasters, in the end, is expected to provide a significant boost for Rohit and India in the second T20I against Australia on Friday in Nagpur, which is likely to allay a significant portion of their concerns regarding death-overs. As Bumrah was making his comeback after a hiatus, the Indian coaching staff chose to be cautious with the speed spearhead in the series opener against Australia.

On the eve of the Mohali T20I, Bumrah’s bowling in the nets was a dead giveaway that the right-arm seamer had no injury worries. To allow Bumrah more time to get back into match shape, it was decided to bench him and start Umesh Yadav instead.

“We are all aware of Jasprit Bumrah’s contributions to the team and his significance to us. There will undoubtedly be a few worries here and there, but that’s okay. Whenever the chance arises, we must have faith in our lads. They are present because they are among the top 15 persons in the nation. If Jasprit is not present, it has a significant impact. He has to take his time and maybe avoid exerting too much strain on his body while he recovers from an injury. He’ll return to the game, “When questioned about Bumrah’s absence, India all-rounder Hardik Pandya said.

Despite Harshal and Bhuvneshwar’s Kumar’s below-par show – they conceded 101 runs in their 8 overs – Bumrah is set to replace Umesh Yadav in the second match in Nagpur. Umesh brought India back in the game with a double-wicket over but he is not in India’s World Cup squad and was also selected for these three matches as Mohammed Shami’s back-up.