Former Australian left-arm leg spinner Brad Hogg has stated that the Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah wasn’t as effective as he would be generally with the new ball. Bumrah who bowled 11 overs on day two was far from being at his best with giving away 34 runs with three maidens and did not pick up a wicket too.
He, in fact, looked like getting his lengths wrong in a pitch that assisted swing bowling rather than the seam movement. He needed to be a bit more full to make the ball talk and the Indian bowlers will be kicking themselves for the way they have bowled so far despite their disciplines.
Brad Hogg Feels Jasprit Bumrah Wasn’t Effective With The New Ball
Brad Hogg mentioned that Ishant and Shami were hitting the good lengths consistently while Bumrah was very potent enough with the new ball. He added that Bumrah tried to correct his lengths by bowling further up the pitch and once he started doing that, he seemed to have got some swing in the air which was positive signs.
He also noted about India thinking defensively instead of bowling those deceiving lengths which can go expensive but tend to give wickets.
“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 said on his YouTube Channel.
Brad Hogg Picks Shami To Do The Job for India
Brad Hogg wanted Shami to be slightly fuller to be more effective as he was beating the bat consistently despite not picking up wickets. He lauded the way Shami has bowled in the test so far and picked him to get India back into the game sooner.
“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,” Brad Hogg added.
Ishant Sharma was the only Indian pacer to pick up a wicket in the Test and it was the crucial wicket of Devon Conway towards the end of the day’s play.