India finished their ICC World Cup 2019 group stages with a comfortable win over Sri Lanka by seven wickets at Headingley in Leeds. Jasprit Bumrah starred with the ball before Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul chased down the target in style. Former India cricketer Kris Srikkanth feels Bumrah will be key for India in the semifinals against New Zealand on July 9.
Bumrah is the key: Srikkanth
Chasing 265 runs, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul added 189 runs to set the stage for India’s seventh victory. Both the openers departed after their century, but Virat Kohli ensured they go home safely. Previously, Jasprit Bumrah starred with the ball to provided early breakthroughs to reduce Sri Lanka to 55 for four before Angelo Mathews, and Lahiru Thirimanne added 124 runs for the fifth wicket to bail their side out of danger. Dhananjay de Silva chipped in with useful contributions down the end to post 264 runs, but it was not enough for Sri Lanka to defend it.
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Kris Srikkanth feels the top-ranked ODI bowler Jasprit Bumrah will be crucial for India in the semifinal. He also added that India is lucky to have a pacer like Bumrah who can come and chip in with wickets at any stage of the game. Bumrah has so far picked 17 wickets in the World Cup and has been economical throughout the tournament.
“Looking ahead to the semifinal, Bumrah is going to be a key man for Virat Kohli. India are lucky to have someone with the ability to take wickets with the new ball, come back later and break a partnership if needed, and then to restrict at the death,” Srikanth wrote in his column for ICC.
Furthermore, Kris Srikkanth added that Jasprit Bumrah is the leader of the Indian attack. The young pacer is capable of doing everything, which makes him the best in the business. He will have to be at his best if India want to return home with the third World Cup title.
“From a bowling perspective, it was all about Jasprit Bumrah again. He really is the leader of the Indian attack. He is the main weapon, he takes wickets, he can put on the brakes when the opposition are getting on top, he can do everything,” he concluded.