Highlights

  • Australia comfortably chased down 209 vs India in 1st T20I
  • Bhuvi gave away 52 runs while Harshal was hit for 49
  • Umesh Yadav's inclusion questioned by fans and experts

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel were smashed for 101 runs in their 8 overs combined in the 1st T20I vs Australia in Mohali

Hardik Pandya may believe that you can't pinpoint Indian bowlers' poor show in the death overs but on the face of it, it has been Team India's biggest concern ahead of T20 World Cup 2022.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel were smashed for 101 runs in their 8 overs combined in the 1st T20I vs Australia in Mohali and if that didn't cost the Men in Blue the game, then what did?

Leaking runs in the death has hurt India the most since the Asia Cup with Bhuvi bowling the 19th over having become a joke that has stretched too far.

After giving 19 runs against Pakistan and 14 runs against Sri Lanka in the 19th overs of crucial Asia Cup matches, the pacer was hit for 16 runs in the penultimate over of the 1st T20 on Tuesday, which left Yuzvendra Chahal with just 2 runs to defend.

Moreover, Umesh Yadav who isn't even part of the T20 World Cup plans was preferred over Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar and he too went for 27 runs in his 2 overs.

Fans have pinned their hopes on Jasprit Bumrah, who has been India's death-overs specialist before getting injured a while ago. Even Hardik feels that Bumrah's presence makes a big difference to the team.

India is now left with just 5 T20Is before they fly out to Australia for the T20 World Cup and need to quickly fix their death-bowling conundrum in order to stand any chance of getting their hands on the silverware.

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