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T20 World Cup 2022: Bumrah Career is More Important Than This World Cup, Says Rohit Sharma

Saving Jasprit Bumrah’s career was far more important than risking him at the T20 World Cup 2022, according to India captain Rohit Sharma at the pre-tournament news conference in Melbourne.

Due to a back ailment, Bumrah is out of the competition and could be out for at least six more weeks. It’s the most recent injury in a string of ongoing issues India’s pace spearhead has had lately.

“We spoke to a lot of the specialists about his injuries, but we did not get a decent response,” Rohit said. “This World Cup is important, but his career is more important. He is only 27-28, there is a lot of cricket in front of him.
“So, we can’t take such a risk. All the specialists we spoke to were of the same opinion. There is a lot of cricket ahead of him, he will play a lot more and help India win matches. There is no doubt that he will be missed.”

Mohammed Shami Replaces Bumrah For T20 World Cup 2022

Mohammed Shami, who hasn’t played competitive cricket in three months and last did so on the July tour of England, has now replaced Bumrah’s place. He played in India’s T20I series against Australia and South Africa before being removed due to a positive Covid-19 test.

Before boarding the flight to Australia last week, Shami had successfully recovered from Covid and passed a battery of cardiovascular and fitness exams. Along with the rest of India’s team, he will train for the first time in the nation on Sunday. In the near future, according to Rohit, “everything is looking fantastic” for the fast bowler.

“Shami was down with Covid-19 two-three weeks back, he was at home, in his farm,” Rohit said. “He was then called over to the National Cricket Academy, he went there and worked quite hard over the last 10 days. His recovery after Covid was very good. He had three to four bowling sessions. All in all, everything is good as far as Shami is concerned.”
“We have our practice session in Brisbane tomorrow,” Rohit said. “He [Shami] will practice with the team. Whatever we have heard about Shami so far, is very positive. Injuries are part and parcel of the sport, there is nothing much that can be done about it. When you play so many games, injuries are bound to happen. Our focus in this last year was that we should build our bench strength.
“When it comes to injuries, we have done a lot with regard to player management in the last one year, but these things happen, and there is not much you can do about it. Our focus in the last year was to get the players in the queue ready, and give them opportunities. We know injuries can happen anytime, so our constant focus was to give the players in the waiting enough games and back them.
“The bowlers that have come to the World Cup, they have played a lot of matches. And this was our focus. I think we have received success.”

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