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Bumrah's absence is a big loss, says Dravid



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India cricket team head coach Rahul Dravid sees Jasprit Bumrah's absence from the upcoming T20 World Cup as a big loss for the side. 

Bumrah was ruled out of the World Cup on Monday with a back injury and will stay home in India for the marquee event. In his absence, many names have been mooted as replacements. 

"Bumrah's absence is a big loss, he's been a great player but it happens, it's an opportunity for someone else to stand up. We'll miss him, his personality around the group," said Dravid 

"Good to get the right results in both series (against SA and Australia). In this format, you need luck, things to go your way, especially in close games. We didn't have that in the Asia Cup, but had some luck during the Australia series," he said.

India lost the third and final T20I against South Africa by 49 runs but won the series 2-1. They had defeated Australia with a similar margin earlier this month.

"We were able to rotate the squad a bit, pleased with how it's gone overall. We made a decision after the last T20 WC, sat down with Rohit, made a conscious effort to be positive,"

"We have the batsmanship to play positively, we had to structure our squad with batting depth. Pleased with the way we've come along,"