Aakash Chopra, former Indian cricketer and cricket pundit, believes that Mumbai Indians premier bowler Jasprit Bumrah is low in confidence to use his main weapon i.e, yorker. He might have observed this after seeing Bumrah’s below-par performance against CSK in the IPL 2020 opener.
In the video clip uploaded in his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra, while previewing KKR and MI, said that the battle between Andre Russell and Jasprit Bumrah would be the one to watch out. Both the players are best in the T20 format. But Chopra worries about Bumrah’s form. However, he admitted that form for players like Bumrah is a temporary factor as their class is permanent.
“Andre Russell vs Jasprit Bumrah is the player battle to watch out for, can there be a player battle better than this. Bumrah is not in great form right now but for good players form is temporary and class is permanent,” Chopra said.
Jasprit Bumrah needs to back himself: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra added that Bumrah’s plan against Andre Russel would be to bowl bouncers and yorkers repeatedly. But the former Indian cricketer stated that Bumrah needed to back his skills because he is lacking in confidence to use his lethal weapons although his pace had not affected.
“Bumrah’s gameplan against Andre Russell could be to bowl a bouncer followed by a yorker and repeatedly do that.
“Bumrah needs to back himself because till now we have seen that he is not bowling many bouncers or yorkers. Speed has not reduced but the main weapons he has, he seems to be lacking the confidence to use them currently,” he added.
At last, Chopra concluded that MI might lose their consecutive second game because KKR had the upper hand in the upcoming match on Wednesday.
“I feel KKR might come out on top against the Mumbai Indians. So, the defending champions might lose their first two games,” Aakash Chopra concluded.
In the season opener match against CSK, Jasprit Bumrah was quite expensive as he leaked 43 runs in his four-over quota. Eventually, MI lost that match by five wickets.