New Zealand and India will lock horns with each other for a rivetting two-match Test series and the first of which is scheduled to be played at Basin Reserve in Wellington on February 21 (Friday). The big outfield in Wellington which makes it quite easier for New Zealand fast bowlers to post a threat to Indian batsmen and they have plenty of weapons in their arsenal to do that.
The likes of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Kyle Jamieson and Colin de Grandhomme can create problems for the visiting team especially with short-pitched bowling in the home conditions.
Meanwhile, former Kiwi pacer Bond reckons that his team’s strategy against India’s top-class bowler Jasprit Bumrah could soon be adopted by other teams.
New Zealand batters played Jasprit Bumrah conservatively: Shane Bond
Bumrah has been inconsistent since his comeback from injury earlier this year. In the just-concluded ODI series between India and New Zealand, the 26-year-old pacer hardly created an impact as he went wicketless in the series. After a dry patch, Bumrah was criticised for his bowling.
“That’s the nature of expectations when you got a bowler of Jasprit’s quality,” Shane Bond was quoted as saying by PTI.
“I thought New Zealand played him well and identified him as a risk. They have played him conservatively and obviously there was some inexperience around [Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur]. All teams will now identify him as a risk and attack the rest of the bowlers. So, that’s where the bowling group and what they do [as a group] is massive. It is not an easy place to bowl as the wickets are flat,” Bond echoed.
Shane Bond believes Jasprit Bumrah will bounce back:
Bond, who has spent quality time with Bumrah as the Mumbai Indians (MI) bowling coach in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) expects Bumrah to make a stellar rebound in the upcoming two-match Test series.
“Although New Zealand played him well in limited-overs, Jasprit will have a massive impact on the Test series. I have no doubt about that,” Bond added.