Former Indian batting coach, Sanjay Bangar has showered praises on the premier pacer, Jasprit Bumrah in the wake of India’s disastrous bowling performance in the first T20I in Mohali against Australia. The former Indian player opined that the pacer is on a different plane of consistency compared to others and is enjoying a purple patch in his career right now. Having put up a formidable total of 208 courtesy of a special knock from Hardik Pandya, the Men in Blue seemed to have the match in the bag.
However, new-ball bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav conceded runs at a brisk pace after the onslaught by makeshift opener Cameron Green while Harshal Patel only added to the team’s misery when brought on.
Axar Patel brought the game into the balance with some excellent bowling in the middle overs, returning figures of 4-0-17-3, meaning India again had everything to play four in the last four overs. The absence of Jasprit Bumrah was certainly felt by India as he missed the game after returning from a back injury sustained in July and is expected to return to Indian colors at some point in the ongoing series.
In 2022, Bumrah has played just three T20Is this year owing to workload management given he is the only regular all-format pacer at the moment.
Talking about Bumrah, Sanjay Bangar said, “He brings a different edge to the bowling unit altogether. He is at the peak of his career, the peak of his prowess. His ability to execute yorkers, there were bowlers on both sides who tried to do that tonight, but they were not able to do it consistently. That is what Bumrah does consistently, his ability to pick wickets through the middle overs and also test the batters with his yorkers and bouncers in the end overs.”
India will be locking horns with Australia in the second T20I on Friday in Nagpur and it remains to be seen whether Bumrah is included in the lineup.