Former India player Aakash Chopra isn’t too concerned about Jasprit Bumrah not bowling at his usual pace in the first T20I between India and Ireland as well. Bumrah registered figures of 2/24 in his four overs in India’s two-run win via the DLS method in the series opener in Malahide, Dublin as well. They will lock horns at the same venue on Sunday (August 20) in the second game of the three-match series.
While previewing the second T20I in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “There was a question that Jasprit Bumrah is not bowling at 140-145 kph. There was one ball that went over 140 and the rest were in the 130s. Is he supremely fit or not? Is he back for good? I am not worried, I am not bothered. I feel the rhythm is good and speed is something that can build later. There are two sides to it. When you play in swinging conditions, it is advisable that you bring your pace down slightly, don’t bowl at your 100 percent, don’t go above 80 percent. Assuming your maximum pace is 140 kph, if you want to swing the ball, then be around 132-133 kph.”
However, Aakash Chopra also added that a pacer can also control the swing better when he doesn’t try to bowl too fast. He stated Dale Steyn as an example of a pace bowler who was an expert in making the most of such conditions as well. The veteran also reckons Jasprit Bumrah might have wanted to be a little cautious as well.
“The second thing is that he is playing cricket after a very long time. When you play after such a long time, you go a little conservative. This was also a match where pressure wasn’t put on you. You hit the stumps in the first over and the second batter got out playing a scoop shot. Then you gave just one run in the 19th over. So you have not been pushed at all. If no one is pushing you, why should you push yourself beyond a point because you want your wagon to gather pace gradually,” he concluded.