Cricket World Cup: Tendulkar feels Bumrah will hurt opposition teams
Jasprit Bumrah's importance in the Indian cricket team is immense. One of the leading fast bowlers in the world, JB will be expected to be the side's main asset during the ICC World Cup 2019. The star cricketer was lauded by legend Sachin Tendulkar, who feels that Bumrah will hurt opposition teams. Here is more on the same.
Bumrah's stock as a bowler has risen drastically and 2018 was a breakthrough year for the right-arm pacer. Bumrah took an astounding 48 wickets in Tests last year after making his debut in January. All of his wickets came in overseas conditions. He was also named in both the ICC Teams of 2018 (Tests and ODIs). And Tendulkar has heaped praise on the bowler.
JB's importance will be a huge factor for India during the World Cup. "His action and deceptive bowling, plus the consistency to take wickets, make him a dangerous bowler. He knows how to execute his plans. Bumrah will be a big threat to the opposition and a great asset to India at the World Cup," Sachin was quoted by Sportstar.
India go into the World Cup as one of the favorites and their strong bowling line-up could be influential in helping them light up the show. Bumrah is currently the number one bowler in the ICC ODI Rankings. His contributions both atop and at the death, will give India the chance to stay ahead. Tendulkar isn't surprised by JB's success.
"I am not surprised by Bumrah's success. Having spent time with him and seen his sincere and honest efforts to improve and learn, I always knew it was a matter of time before he would rattle the best batsmen in the world," Tendulkar said.
India have quality in their pace attack with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami supporting JB. The three premier pacers know each other well and have been around in the Test squad. Bumrah missed the ODI series against New Zealand after being given a rest. Bumrah has 78 wickets from 44 ODIs at an economy-rate of 4.45. His adaptability and focus will be crucial.