The Indian pace attack is led by the No.1 bowler in the world in ODIs, Jasprit Bumrah and they will be expected to give some tough time for the visiting Australian batsmen. In Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, and Navdeep Saini, the hosts have four fast bowlers in the squad for the Australia ODIs.
However, there is no chance of all four playing in the match, two of them — Bumrah and Saini — showed a glimpse as to what might be in store for the likes of David Warner, Steve Smith, and Marnus Labuschagne. The official Twitter handle of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a video of the training sessions, in which Bumrah and Saini can be seen bowling some fiery yorkers during the net session.
Speaking ahead of the first One-day International (ODI) against Australia on Tuesday, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli himself revealed that Bumrah even got the better of him in the practice session. Virat said, Jasprit is arguably one of the most skillful bowlers and brings intensity to the net session.
The Indian skipper further explained, “Well, Bumrah is playing with the team for the last four years now, and this is probably the second time I have ever got out in the net, hitting a few against him and not getting out. I’m glad that was the last ball of my net session because he ran back to his mark, but I got out.”
He further added, “It’s fun sort of competition, he’s according to me the most skillful bowler and to play against him, he brings match intensity at the nets. I can assure you that, he’s not shy about hitting us in the head or targeting our ribs every now and then.”
India will play Australia in the first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday, with the second match scheduled for January 17 in Rajkot. The final match of the series will be played on January 19 in Bengaluru.