Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra believes Jasprit Bumrah virtually ticked all the boxes on his comeback after a prolonged injury layoff. Bumrah registered figures of 2/24 in four overs as India successfully restricted Ireland to 139/7 in the first T20I in Dublin on Friday, August 18. They then registered a narrow two-run win via the DLS method, with rain playing spoilsport.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said: “Boom Boom – two wickets in the first over. You would have got a smile on your face, even I had one. What did you want from Jasprit Bumrah? You wanted high pace, intensity, accuracy and that everything is alright. He looks good. India won and even better than India winning was Bumrah’s comeback and my Player of the Match is Jasprit Bumrah. He did an amazing job in the first over itself. I had said Bumrah will pick up a wicket in his first over. Bumrah picked up wickets in the first over, not one but two. Well done Jasprit Bumrah.”
However, Andrew Balbirnie hit a boundary off the first ball of the game but was out on the inside edge off the very next delivery. The Indian captain then had Lorcan Tucker caught by Sanju Samson when the Ireland wicketkeeper-batter tried to play a scoop shot off the fifth ball of the same over as well. While applauding Jasprit Bumrah for bowling an almost perfect first over.
“The ball was swinging, he was pitching it at the right place and bowled an immaculate yorker as well. An inside edge hit the stumps and another guy was playing the scoop. Why were you doing that? Why were you taking such a big risk? What are you doing my friend? Bumrah was away from cricket for a long time but he still has pride, he is very, very good. He bowled extremely well and I would say he also captained well. He rotated his bowlers very well although a few extra runs were scored in the end,” he concluded.