David Warner
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Last Update on: January 15th, 2020 at 10:26 am

All eyes were on Jasprit Bumrah when Australia came out to bat in the first ODI against India at the Wankhede Stadium. It was the right-arm pacer’s ODI since the World Cup and with India defending a modest total, a lot was expected from the pace spearhead. Jasprit Bumrah recently returned to action through the T20I series against Australia after missing the second half of the year due to a back injury.

India were all out for just 255 after being asked to bat first. Barring Shikhar Dhawan (74) and KL Rahul (47), no other batsmen managed to show good fight as the hosts slipped from 134 for 1 to 255 all out. With such a modest total on the board, India would have desperately hoped Jasprit Bumrah to hit the ground running.

However, the right-arm pacer failed to deliver as he along with others went wicketless. Australia chased down the total inside 38 overs without losing a single wicket thanks to the unbeaten centuries from their openers David Warner and Aaron Finch. It was just an off day for Jasprit Bumrah as he not only failed to pick up any wicket but also conceded more than seven runs per over. In the seven overs that the India pace spearhead bowled, he went for 50 runs.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Credits- Twitter)

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David Warner on Jasprit Bumrah:

After the game, David Warner spoke on Jasprit Bumrah and how to face him in a match. The Australia star was all praise for Bumrah as he pointed out his ability to bowl fast at any stage of the game. Warner made sure to not criticise Bumrah in any way despite the latter’s poor performance and just kept the pacer happy with some nice words.

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“It’s about being nice and still, I can’t imagine someone like Brett Lee running in from almost the boundary and just sort of staggering in there and all of a sudden 150km/hr, it takes a while to get used to it. That’s great skill from Bumrah, that’s how he’s always bowled as a kid growing up and you’ve just got to watch real hard, he’s got great change-ups as well,” said Warner.

“If I’m to give any advice and I take this as well, you’ve got to be nice and still. His bouncers surprise you, his yorkers surprise you and then when he bowls the change-up it’s very, very difficult, it’s like when Lasith Malinga at his prime, he bowled 140km/h and swung them in but you knew you were going to get a yorker or a bouncer but it was how are you going to play that and that’s what’s so unique,” he added.


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