Death bowling has often remained an issue meant to mock the men in blue. The Indians over the years have struggled to produce quality bowlers who can bowl with precision in the death overs. Barring the exception of Zaheer Khan, there was no lethal bowler for team India in the most critical overs of a T20 game.
Nevertheless, with the emergence of Jasprit Bumrah, that issue seems to have been resolved greatly. Bumrah, in just a few games, has shown extremely positively signs for the Indians and along with the veteran Ashish Nehra, he has scripted India’s turnaround in T20I’s. Ever since the T20I series against Australia, the men in blue look like a side that is simply unbeatable. The improvement in death bowling deserves a lot of credit for that.
“Our death bowling could definitely be much better than what it was in the past so that gives a lot of confidence and we can go about our middle overs with a lot more attacking instinct, to try and pick up wickets to seal things off,” said India’s R. Ashwin. “That’s definitely a positive, but at the end of the day, only I can help myself.”
“I think it’s a very good if you can punch as a group and especially Ashish, we all know that he is a very experienced candidate,” Ashwin said. “He has come in on the back of a very good IPL last year, so we know exactly what his strengths are. He can swing the ball up front and has good abilities to bowl at the death. Bumrah has got a unique action and he has done very well in the IPL for the last couple of years. He can bowl those lethal yorkers again, which we might have been missing in the past few years so that’s definitely given us an extra sting,” Ashwin said, praising Nehra.