Australia captain Aaron Finch on Friday said that it is important for his side to not “overplay” the Jasprit Bumrah factor in the upcoming three-match ODI series against India. India’s pace spearhead Bumrah has returned to action after a three-month injury lay-off, and the visiting side – Australia team are aware of the threat he could pose in the series which is all set to start in Mumbai on January 14.
“I think, more and more guys face him, the more exposure you get, the more you start to understand how he bowls. So it is important that we don’t overplay that too much,” Aaron Finch said during a media interaction in Mumbai.
Opening the innings with the flamboyant opener David Warner, Finch will be facing Jasprit Bumrah first up.
“He is obviously a fantastic bowler and someone who, when you are not playing against him, you love watching him bowl. He is fast and aggressive and his execution is pretty spot on,” Aaron Finch said. “It is more about focusing on what we are as a batting unit against that and each player has different strengths and weaknesses. So (we are doing) what we have to do for mentally being prepared for that challenge.”
On the other hand, pacer Pat Cummins expects spinners of his side to play an important role in the upcoming ODI series against India during the limited-overs series. After the first game in Mumbai on January 14, the second and third game will be played in Rajkot on January 17 and Bengaluru on January 19 respectively.
“I think spinners play a bigger part in India than they do around the world but it’s rare you get a big spinning dust bowl for a one day international,” Pat Cummins said to reporters ahead of Australia’s departure.
Australia made a notable comeback to win the five-match ODI series by 3-2 in India last year after losing the first two games.
“Last series I think we played two spinners, they also played two so they are certainly important, especially in the middle overs,” Cummins said.