VVS Laxman Surprised With The Poor Performance Of Jasprit Bumrah
By SMCS - Jun 22, 2021 4:33 pm
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The ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) has seen a poor show from the pace attack of India, comprising of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami, who failed to provide India with the early breakthrough. On the other hand, New Zealand pace bowlers, especially Kyle Jamieson did exceptionally well. And, former India batsman, VVS Laxman was surprised with India’s poor pace attack.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah beat the defence of Devon Conway

While speaking on a show on Star Sports, Laxman shared that Bumrah was unable to adjust his length in a condition that helps pacers. “I was surprised that Bumrah was not able to change the length which is required to be effective in English conditions,” said Laxman.

Jasprit Bumrah looked the most out of the form and returned with the figures of 0-34 from 11 overs as well.

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“You want the batsmen to drive the ball through the covers in these conditions. You want to create that chance by getting that outside edge. Also, if you are making them hit the ball away from their body which majority of the New Zealand batsmen can do because they don’t take a long strike when playing front-foot drives. That when you create that pad and pad gap,” further added VVS Laxman.

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Ishant Sharma

On the other hand, former India Batting Coach Sanjay Bangar had also shared his views about Ishant Sharma and Bumrah both. He said that he expected Ishant to bowl from slightly wide of the crease so that his inswingers would have more effective as well.

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“Yeah, I agree with Laxman. Ishant was able to derive the maximum swing and seam. For the majority of his cricketing career, Ishant has always been an inswing bowler. When an inswing bowler tends to go closer to the stumps, then he loses that swing quite a bit. So one of the things that Ishant can also try is to get slightly wider of the crease so that his inswing becomes more prominent. Then the one which holds the line could become a dreadful ball and for somebody like Kane Williamson, that could very well be an ideal bowler. If I have to give one piece of advice to Indian bowlers, especially Ishant and Bumrah, is that they have to bowl slightly wider of the crease,” quoted Bangar.