Jasprit Bumrah has excelled across the formats for the national team and has been relied with the new ball to provide early breakthroughs. He has also been a death over specialist as his tight length does not allows batsmen to free arms and take him on often which makes him an economical even towards the end of an innings.
Awesome to replace a great player like Lasith Malinga: James Pattinson
Pattinson was roped in as the late replacement for veteran Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga. He said that it is great to replace a bowler like him and also added that IPL gives bowlers to share the stage with the finest like Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah. The Australian also mentioned that Bumrah is probably the best T20 bowler in the world.
“Obviously disappointing for Malinga not to be able to come here this year. Awesome to be able to replace such a great player and coming in to replace one of the best T20 bowlers and the highest wicket-taker in the IPL is big shoes to fill. It is good to play my part. We have two really good white-ball bowlers in Jasprit (Bumrah) and Trent (Boult). Nice to play a backseat role and help them out as much as I can,” Pattinson said the virtual media conference.
“The greatest thing about the IPL is that you get opportunities that you wouldn’t experience without it. Get to open the bowling with someone who plays for another country and is one of the best bowlers in the world. It is a great experience and I pinch myself. Not just bowling with Trent, but also with Boom who is probably the best T20 bowler in the world.
Bumrah has picked up 68 wickets in Test, 104 in ODIs and 59 in T20Is besides being the key in Mumbai Indians fast bowling department.