“No Similar Replacement For Jasprit Bumrah In The World”: Shane Watson To NDTV

Former Australia star Shane Watson is regarded as one of the best all-rounders the game has ever played and in a career spanning 207 international matches, Watson took 291 wickets and also scored 10,950 runs. The 41-year-old is currently in India to play Legends League Cricket, and on the sidelines of the ongoing event, Watson spoke to NDTV about whether India’s chances at the T20 World Cup will be hampered if Jasprit Bumrah is ruled out due to injury. and the form of Virat Kohli.

Team India’s preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup was given a big shock when Bumrah was banned from the ongoing T20I series of three matches against South Africa. It is not clear whether Bumrah will be available for the T20 World Cup, which kicks off on October 16.

“If Jasprit Bumrah is not fit and does not play in this World Cup then it would be all the more difficult for Team India to win because Bumrah is as good an attacking bowler and a defensive bowler as anyone in the world, let alone for India. He has an incredible skill, it will be a huge loss,” Watson said.

“There is no comparable substitute for Bumrah in the world, let alone India. It will be very difficult to find those defensive bowlers who try to finish the game if they bowl last or also finish an innings.” That will be the real challenge. Some fast bowlers will have to get up and raise their hands if India is to get to the back of the tournament,” he added.

Virat Kohli, who now has 71 international centuries, went through a meager run in terms of registering the three-digit mark. Before breaking the Asian Cup dry spell, Kohli last scored a ton in November 2019 against Bangladesh in a day-night test. Before the Asian Cup, Kohli had taken a break for the series against the West Indies and Zimbabwe.

“There is no doubt that Virat needed some free time to recharge his battery. I could see even from afar, during the last IPL, you could see his energy was low. He was trying his best to get out and into the fray but he had to recharge his batteries.You can see from the way he hit in the Asian Cup and his T20I series against Australia, he is back at his best.There’s no doubt about that, the shots who he is He’s at his peak, it’s great to see him at his best,” said Watson.

While discussing whether Australia would be the favorite for the T20 World Cup, Watson said: “For me, Australia is the favourite. They are the defending champions, Australia plays at home and they know the conditions like no other. the faster and more resilient wickets. They are the highlight for me, their squad won’t change much at all. Their team won’t change much from the team that won the last World Cup.”

“I just think when the Australian players are at their best they are incredibly hard to beat because there is no weak link in their team. My concern on the way to the last World Cup was beating Australia at the end, but Matthew Wade only has batted so well. He’s as good as you can get in finishing the matches, so I’ll be really surprised if Australia doesn’t do well in this tournament,” he added.

Finally on Legends League Cricket, Watson said: “It’s great to be part of the Legends League. I didn’t know what to expect at all, it’s intense cricket and the guys are going really hard for it. These guys are unbelievable skilled cricketers, they still have that incredible skill like we saw in Chris Gayle. It’s a joy to watch. Just to be able to see that, to bring back so many memories. It’s really cool. The intensity of Legends League, the guys are going fast.”

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