India pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been at his personal best in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 leading the bowling unit single-handedly. He will once again be at the heart of India’s bowling in the semifinal clash against New Zealand on July 9 (Tuesday) at the Old Trafford in Manchester. On the eve of the game, former Kiwi skipper Daniel Vettori has heaped praise on young Bumrah calling him unplayable at this stage.
Bumrah is unplayable: Vettori
The top-ranked ODI bowler was at his best in the last group match against Sri Lanka. He claimed two wickets with the new ball removing both the openers to put the Lankans under pressure. He came back once again in the death to take responsibilities to contain the free flow of runs as Sri Lanka only managed to post 264 runs. Bumrah has so far picked 17 wickets – the highest by an Indian in this World Cup and has been economical throughout the tournament.
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Daniel Vettori showered praise on the young Indian fast bowler calling him unplayable. The former cricketer said that Jasprit Bumrah was at his best against England as well where other bowlers went for plenty at Edgbaston. Bumrah will look to keep up the excellent work against New Zealand and take his side to the finals on July 14 at the Lord’s.
“Jasprit Bumrah is basically unplayable at this stage, and against England, he was his usual economical self,” wrote Vettori in his column for the ICC. “But despite that, England targeted everyone else. They were aggressive from the off against the spinners, against Hardik Pandya and they even got to Mohammed Shami at the death as well,” he added.
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Furthermore, Daniel Vettori feels that Mohammed Shami who missed the last game against Sri Lanka will be back against New Zealand in the semifinal. The Bengal pacer has picked 14 wickets from four matches despite his economy rate is on the higher side. India is likely to play with three seamers and spinner with Hardik Pandya being the fourth pacer while Ravindra Jadeja will do the job of the second spinner.
“I am fairly confident Shami will come back into the side to face New Zealand, he had a very good series down there at the start of the year. But New Zealand have got all the ingredients in place to put on a big total. I know they haven’t done it yet,” he conlcuded.