Jasprit Bumrah is a wicket-taker and a crucial member of the Mumbai Indians team. His ability to take wickets in crucial situations and death bowling makes him one of the most valuable players in the league. However, following his injury back in October 2022. He has yet to return to the cricket field and is ruled out of the Indian Premier League’s 16th edition. With the leading pacer not available, Mumbai Indians will now have to look for replacements who can perform the same role. Here are the names of three players who could replace Jasprit Bumrah for Mumbai Indians in coming IPL.
1. Sandeep Sharma
Sandeep Sharma never got the recognition he deserves in the Indian Premier League. He is a great bowler who has the ability to seam ball both ways. His opening spells could provide an opening into the opposition defenses for Mumbai Indians.
Not only is he good with the new ball, but he is also quite economical in death overs. This will allow the captain to use him effectively in whichever phase he needs to. Aside from his swing, he has decent speed and bounce to make batters uncomfortable.
2. Dhawal Kulkarni
Dhawal Kulkarni is a name that has been around the Mumbai Indians for quite a while. He made his IPL debut with MI in 2008 and had IPL stints with GL and RR. After returning to the Mumbai Indians in 2020, he is eager to get started. Dhawal is known for his control and he also has experience which would help him this season.
However, he needs to control his economy rate as currently it is over 8 runs an over. He can swing the ball both ways and uses variations like slower balls and cutters to his advantage, especially in the early overs of the innings. Over the years, Mumbai Indians have often used him as a new ball bowler, and his ability to pick wickets up front has played a crucial role in their success. His experience in close to a hundred games, coupled with his ability to handle pressure, makes Dhawal a valuable asset.
3. Arzan Nagwaswalla
Arzan Rohniton Nagwaswalla is an emerging name on the Indian domestic circuit. Hailing from Gujrat, Arzan is a left-arm medium pacer who has been playing domestic cricket for the state team for a few years. He has recently gained attention for his performances in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. In his first-class career, Nagwaswalla has taken 62 wickets, that too with an impressive average of 16.5.
With his impressive performance in domestic cricket, he was called up to the Mumbai Indians and has impressed everyone in practice matches and nets. Having the ability to swing the ball in both directions and being accurate make him a promising prospect for the future. With MI looking to expand their options in the pace category, he could be the next IPL star for Mumbai Indians.
Who do you think is the worthy replacement of Bumrah?