Former Australian seamer Damien Fleming has rated Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah as the x-factor for the visitors during the upcoming four-match Test series, starting from December 6.
Meanwhile, India will be keen to script history when they face one of the weakest Aussies team in the last decade. Following their poor run in South Africa and England, Virat Kohli & Co will be desperate to do well in Australia.
The bowlers will have to do exceedingly well if India wishes to create history in the upcoming series. And for doing that, Damien Fleming feels Jasprit Bumrah will be the key factor. Fleming feels Bumrah’s variation, bounce, and pace sets him apart.
“He (Bumrah) is the real X-factor – 28 wickets in six Tests. I have seen him in the IPL. He has that unorthodox action, a stuttery run-up, a weird run-up but I think for batsmen you don’t get a real good sight of the ball but he has got pace and bounce and has a great yorker that I think he will utilise particularly against the tail,” Fleming said to Sydney Morning Herald.
“That’s the factor they probably haven’t had before – a pace battery that could unsettle tails. Just with that weird action, I have noticed he can swing the ball away from right handers now. He has actually upskilled himself as well,” he continues.
India have a potent pace attack
The current crop of Indian pacers have marked their authority in the recent overseas tours picking 20 wickets in a Test. The likes of Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma will look to deliver again in the series Down Under.
Damien Fleming, like all other cricket pundits, accepted that this is the best Indian bowling attack to face Australia.
“That’s as impressive a pace attack that I have ever seen India bring out to Australia. They are actually quite experienced now, too. They will have two unlucky quicks. It’s a real luxury. That’s good for them,” Fleming concluded.