Former India opener Aakash Chopra has voiced concerns about the absence of KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer in the Ireland T20I tour. He emphasized the significance of preserving Jasprit Bumrah, considering him a national asset.

Bumrah, who returns to the team after an 8-month absence, will not only be part of the upcoming Ireland tour but also lead the side. His absence had been felt significantly in events like the 2022 T20 World Cup and the World Test Championship Final. The spotlight is firmly on Jasprit Bumrah, as India’s hopes hinge on his full recovery for the forthcoming Asia Cup and ODI World Cup. On his YouTube channel, the former opener stressed the significance of Bumrah’s return, where he not only features in the three T20Is against Ireland but also captains the side. 

“Jasprit Bumrah is back. Jasprit Bumrah is not only available for the three T20Is against Ireland but is also the captain of the Indian team. But both KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer’s names are not there for the Ireland series. Is there still a question mark on their fitness? The big news is absolutely Jasprit Bumrah. He is 24-carat pure gold. He is a national asset. We have to preserve him. However, it has happened at least twice where his name has come and then he pulled back. It is important to see that now that his name has come, he is fit, ready and available, and he plays. He needs to play,” said Chopra. 

The focus now lies on ensuring Bumrah’s fitness and availability for the Ireland tour to bolster India’s chances in the upcoming major tournaments.

“You might say Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul’s names are not there because it is a different format. But it is a different format for Jasprit Bumrah as well. Will KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer not be ready for the Asia Cup?” he added. 

Chopra feared the repercussions if the duo is unable to participate, stating that the lack of information adds to the worry. He emphasized the significance of having the duo in the squad, as their exclusion could create a challenging situation for the team’s balance and performance in the upcoming tournament.

Last Updated on August 1, 2023

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