Jasprit Bumrah, Mumbai Indians (MI),
Jasprit Bumrah (Photo Credit: AFP)

James Pattinson, Australian fast bowler, has experienced his excitement at the prospect of playing alongside who he ranks as the best T20 bowler in the world, Jasprit Bumrah.

Pattinson was called-in as a last-minute replacement for veteran fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who pulled out of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League due to ‘personal reasons’.

The Australian fast bowler is now looking forward to bowling alongside the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult. Mumbai Indians recently posted a video on their Twitter handle where Pattinson can be seen sweating it out in the nets.

“Personally it is fantastic to work with some of the best bowlers in the world. Obviously, Bumrah is probably, the best T20 bowler in the world. And Boulty is up there as well. So, for me it will be a great experience to be around those guys [here at Mumbai Indians].” James Pattinson said.

They are a lot drier’- James Pattinson on the wickets in the UAE

James Pattinson, BBL, Brisbane Heat, Melbourne Renegades
James Pattinson Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The wickets in the UAE might get slow and low as the tournament wears on and Pattinson feels that his experience of playing international cricket in these conditions will help him adjust to the ideal length and variations if and when he gets an opportunity to play.

“I’ve played a few one day internationals here before, so I have gotten a little bit of experience here in the UAE. Look, there are obviously different wickets. They are a lot drier, and there is only three wickets being used during the tournament, so it might be a bit slower and low as the tournament goes on. So, maybe the slower ball and stuff like that might come into play a lot more,” Pattinson said.

”As a fast bowler you are just trying to bang the wicket as hard as possible and change of pace and bowl fast. That’s the thing with T20 cricket.” he added.

Mumbai Indians will kickstart their campaign in the blockbuster tournament opener against the Chennai Super Kings on September 19.

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