Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has received some great words of appreciation from Australian fast bowling legend Glenn McGrath ahead of the much-awaited India-Pakistan clash at Edgbaston on June 4th.
Speaking from his observation, McGrath has conceded that Bumrah’s bowling style is perfect for the shorter format.
“He is a very improved bowler and his style of bowling is perfect for shorter formats. The way he bowls at the death is impressive. In addition to a fine length, he also generates good pace. He can come up with occasional Yorkers as well. He is a quality pacer and I hope he continues to improve,” said McGrath who is in Chennai to mentor fast bowlers at the MRF pace foundation.
Bumrah may become a part of the bowling attack that will field against Pakistan in India’s campaign opener. The 47-year-old feels that the youngster should quickly adapt to the 50-overs format and the conditions in England if he wants to help India win its tournament opener against their arch rivals.
He also stayed away from writing off Pakistan and explained that while India possesses a better line-up than their opposition, Pakistan has all the ability to pull off a surprise.
“It’s always a big game whenever India play Pakistan. Although not the same powerful force they once used to be, Pakistan still has some quality bowlers and an experienced batting line-up. You never know Pakistan might just pull off a surprise on their day.”
India will start the tournament as the defending champions after having won the championship back in 2013 under the leadership of MS Dhoni. This time around, Team India will be led by Virat Kohli and there are a lot of expectation on the young side.
India has plenty of option to choose from the squad, as almost everyone seem to be in-form. Kohli will have a tense time picking up the right combination from the bunch of quality names.
Apart from the team selection, India will also have to deal with the match pressure that accompanies the team whenever they play against Pakistan. While Kohli has downplayed this factors, it is only sensible to assume that the team will find it tough to cope with the burden of high expectations.