Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja will be out from the Indian team for the T20 World Cup. Head coach Ravi Shastri is not happy about that, but he believes that some other players can take advantage of this opportunity. "Bumrah's injury is unfortunate," Shastri said at the launch of Coaching Beyond alongside Bharat Arun and R Sridhar, as quoted by cricbuzz.
"There is so much cricket being played (that) people can get injured easily. But it's an opportunity for somebody else as there is nothing you can do with injury. With Bumrah and Jadeja not in the side, it hampers the side but also provides an opportunity to unearth a new champion.
We've a good team I think. If you can make it to the semifinals, then it could be anyone's tournament. So the endeavour will be to start well, get to the semifinals and then you have got enough strengths there to probably win the World Cup."
Mohammed Shami should be the replacement for Bumrah. However, confirmation of his condition is still awaited. "His experience precisely," explained Shastri. "India has been there a lot in six years and he (Shami) has been an integral part of all those tours and that experience counts."
Women's cricket is growing in popularity, including in India. They hope that this team can achieve great success. "They are only that far away from winning something big. You see what happened with the men's cricket team when they won the World Cup in 1983.
So if the women win a World Cup, the interest that will be generated will be unbelievable. The more and more I see of the Indian women play, they are far more self-confident with the exposure they have got, and they have far more self-belief that they can actually go the distance."
It is clear that they have the quality and everything needed for the longest ranges, but they will have to confirm that.