IND vs AUS 2017: Bumrah, Bhuvi are Two of the Best Death Bowlers – Steven Smith
Steve Smith had a lot of woes after the third ODI in Indore, as they lost the series to India. Australia was once again on the back step in the game after failing to convert their fantastic start courtesy of some abysmal decisions.
The skipper was once again left dejected at the end of the game after another poor result but has hailed Indian bowlers Bhuvneswar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah as two of the best death bowlers in the world.
“I think a mixture of guys making probably the wrong decisions on the wrong balls. Also, some pretty well-executed bowling. I think Bumrah and Bhuvi are probably two of the best death bowlers going around, particularly when the wicket sort of slows up a little bit as it did,” a dejected Smith said after the match.
“We still need to find a way. We set a template really well. The first 38 overs were magnificent. We set it up, and we just weren’t to execute it in the back end.”
The duo of Bhuvneswar and Bumrah had managed to restrict Australia to less than 300 in 50 overs from a position where Australia could have got well over 350. Steven Smith has also felt his team are often losing the games from a winning position in recent months and hopes that they can turn the tide around in the final two ODIs.
“We are quite often getting ourselves into good positions but not taking advantage of those. Today was no different, first 30 overs. We continually address it. It’s just hard to put your finger on it what we are actually doing or not doing to get the results we are after. Today, it was about execution,” he said.
He also admitted it would be hard to motivate the team to perform well in the next two ODIs especially after losing the first three games by quite a margin.
“It’s always hard when you lose. Particularly when you lose three-nil. We’ve got to continue to try and motivate them and get them up for the next two games. We’ve got to start winning games of cricket.
“We’ve lost 13 of the last 15 games we’ve played away with two being no results. That’s pretty ordinary. Not good enough for an Australian cricket. We need to start turning the results around and winning some games of cricket,” he said.
Asked if losing against India would affect their Ashes chances, Steven Smith ruled out saying it is a different format, but revealed they are keen to win games despite the formats.
“It’s a different format but I’ll certainly like to start winning some games of cricket in every format, to be honest. Our results haven’t been good enough and we need to turn them around,” he said.
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