Jasprit Bumrah Wasn't As Potent With The New Ball: Brad Hogg
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Jasprit Bumrah Wasn’t As Potent With The New Ball: Brad Hogg

Brad Hogg, a former Australian left-arm spinner feels that India’s pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah wasn’t as effective as he could have been with the new ball in the WTC final.

According to Brad Hogg, the Indians were looking to keep things extremely tight rather than go for wickets on Day 3 of the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand in Southampton.

Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images
Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images

Brad Hogg: Jasprit Bumrah Wasn’t As Potent As He Could Have Been With The New Ball While Mohammed Shami May Be Pick Of The Bowlers Moving Forward

Indian pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah bowled 11 overs on Sunday and was wicketless while conceding 34 runs. Ishant Sharma sent down 12 overs and claimed the wicket of Devon Conway (54) towards the end of the day’s play. The third pacer, Mohammed Shami, gave away only 19 runs in 11 overs but failed to pick up a wicket.

Analyzing Team India’s bowling on Day 3 of the WTC final on his YouTube channel, Brad Hogg said India’s bowling was okay on Sunday.

He elaborated: “Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami bowled that good length. I don’t think Jasprit Bumrah was as potent as he could have been with the new ball. In the later stages though, he was trying to bowl a little fuller and there was some shape there.”

“India went in with a game plan to bowl that 6-8 metre length. They didn’t want to go fuller like New Zealand did. They wanted to keep the pressure on New Zealand batsmen. When you go for that fuller length you create more wicket-taking opportunities. But the run rate goes up as well, so they were a little bit cautious there,” Brad Hogg added.

Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

According to Brad Hogg, Mohammed Shami will be the bowler to watch out for as India looks to mount a fightback.

The former cricketer opined: “Shami, for a couple of overs, could bowl a little bit fuller. But because he is not used to it, that little adjustment can put you off your game. For me, Shami bowled well, and he is going to be the pick of the bowlers moving forward, and he is going to get India back in the game.”

Ishant Sharma struck late in the final session to dismiss Devon Conway for 54 (153 balls) and a recharged Indian side would have liked one or two more but bad lights forced the umpires to end the play a bit early again.

Brad Hogg: Ravichandran Ashwin Could Have Big Impact In The 2nd Innings

After the pace bowlers struggled to give India the breakthrough, seasoned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin delivered the goods, having Tom Latham (30) caught at short extra-cover by Virat Kohli. Brad Hogg felt that Ravichandran Ashwin bowled superbly yesterday.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Speaking about the offie’s bowling, he said: “His game plan was keeping the New Zealand batsman back on the crease, not allowing them to come forward. And he bowled that slower one, tempting the batsmen to come out of the crease.

“The wicket was holding up there, so cover catches are going to come into play as the game progresses. India are still in this game. We have got a reserve day. Ashwin in the second innings is going to have a big impact in this Test match.”

New Zealand bowled India out for 217 in the first innings and then responded with 101 for 2 in 49 overs.
India had their first wicket in the 35th over. Ravichandran Ashwin, the off-spinner, got the breakthrough. Tom Latham has to depart for 30, bringing an end to a 70-run opening stand. A nice loopy one from Ravichandran Ashwin and Tom Latham went for the drive. But he failed to keep it down. Virat Kohli, at short cover, took a fine catch, timing his jump to perfection.