The Indian bowling attack has gone from good to extraordinary in recent times. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami have made the Men in Blue one of the most formidable bowling line-ups in today’s time. Bumrah has been a revelation for India across all the formats and not everyone can bowl the way he does.
However, during the third and final ODI game between India and Australia, a spectator believed that he too can bowl like Bumrah and International Cricket Council (ICC) was quick to respond in its quirky style.
A spectator inside Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium was seen holding a placard which stated that he too can bowl like Bumrah. “I can bowl like Bumrah,” the spectator said. ICC was quick to respond and noted that they cannot trust words and will only believe if he could give them some kind of proof.
“We’d like to see video proof. #INDvAUS,” the governing body wrote on their official Twitter handle.
— ICC (@ICC) January 19, 2020
The right-hand pacer was the most economical Indian bowler of 2019 and took almost 25 wickets at an average of 24. He also had the best average for an Indian bowler in Test format last year. Bumrah picked up 14 wickets in three Test matches at an average of 13 and an economy rate of 2.54 – the lowest for an Indian bowler last year.
Bumrah was making a comeback into the team this series. He was out of the game for a couple of months due to a stress fracture. The first game against Australia did not exactly Bumrah’s way and went for runs. But came back strongly in the second game and did not give away many runs.
In the final game, he was at his ultimate best and gave just 38 runs in his 10 overs. The accurate line and length proved to be too hot to handle the Aussie batsmen, who could not score runs freely whenever Bumrah was introduced into the attack.
His partner-in-crime Mohammad Shami was also splendid last night and took four important wickets. Once again he managed to get Pat Cummins out on the very first ball and in the same fashion as it happened in the second ODI. Cummins was clean bowled by Shami’s mind-blowing Yorker.
Both bowlers will prove to be India’s aces in the deck in the upcoming tour of New Zealand which starts from January 24.