Bumrah, who sat out the Asian Cup due to a back injury, was named in the T20 World Cup team and the previous series against Australia and South Africa.
He was greatly missed in the series opener against Australia on Tuesday as the visitors chased 209 rather comfortably. With the exception of Axar Patel, all of the bowlers lost more than 11 runs per over.
“We all know what he brings to the table and how important he is to us. There will be concerns here and there (about bowling), which is good. We have to trust our boys. They are the 15 best in the country and that is why they are there in the team.
“Jasprit not being there obviously makes a big difference. He’s coming back from injury, it’s important for him to have enough time to come back and maybe won’t put a lot of pressure on himself,” Hardik said.
The versatile star hit 71 off 30 to take India past 200. He is the team’s most outstanding player since returning from the IPL.
Speaking about his recent performances, he said, “I’ve had a lot of success recently but for me what’s most important is that even on my good days, how can I improve? The genre of career graph that I had, I didn’t give much importance to my performance, whether it was a success or a failure.
“I had a good game today. They might target me in the next game and I have to be one step ahead.”
Australia went hammer and claws in the chase, mocking the Indian attack.
Hardik paid tribute to opposing hitters.
“There was no dew. You have to give them credit for the way they hit. They played good cricket. We couldn’t execute our plans with the ball, with our deliveries.
“You can’t determine why we lost. It’s one game. It’s a two-sided series. We have two games left and we’ll try to perform better.”
He also praised Cameron Green who broke 61 of 30 balls on his opening debut and shocked the Indians with his onslaught.
“Good on his way of playing. We’ve seen a lot of video, but it’s about executing your plans. He played some good shots and credit is due,” added Hardik.