Mumbai Indians’ pace spearhead has drawn words of praises from all-rounder Kieron Pollard. Like Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah has also been integral to Mumbai Indians’ success, delivering impactful bowling spells and wickets at the same time. The Trinidad all-rounder, who has been part of the franchise since 2010, feels that Bumrah has succeeded Lasith Malinga as the premier bowler for them.
Despite Mumbai Indians losing the two super overs, analysts and cricket experts have hailed Jasprit Bumrah for nailing the yorkers consistently. Jasprit Bumrah conceded only five runs off the first super over against Kings XI Punjab in Dubai as it made challenging for gun batsmen like KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran to put him away for boundaries. He picked four wickets in that game as KXIP prevailed eventually.
Kieron Pollard conceded that Japsrit Bumrah is a world-class cricketer, having become one of the best bowlers in the white-ball format while also going up and above for Mumbai Indians. Pollard added that it was Lasith Malinga a couple of years ago as Jasprit Bumrah has taken over the mantle at present. Malinga opted out of IPL 2020 for personal reasons.
“He’s (Bumrah) a world-class cricketer. He has been number one in a couple of formats for a long period of time. He has learned and has gone leaps and bounds for us at Mumbai Indians in a run of while and so. We have comfort in him. A couple of years ago, we had a fit and fair Lasith Malinga and he (Bumrah) has taken over that mantle now and so,” Pollard stated as quoted by NDTV India.com.
“We batted well and getting to 170 odd and bringing the game to the last over” : Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard responded to the loss to Kings XI Punjab by praising their effort to get to 170 and dragging the game to the final over. The 33-year old claimed that it is a matter of improvement and that they will look into the mistakes they committed, hoping to come back stronger. Pollard finished with 34 off 12 deliveries to lift the Mumbai Indians to 177; however, he was not able to get the boundaries in the super over consistently as Chris Jordan bowled brilliantly.
“Obviously there are decision-makers to make the decision, you know we can look at those things and say that’s where we lost the game but we played a very good game of cricket. We batted well and getting to 170 odd and bringing the game to the last over. Just a matter of improvement, each and every time we step on the cricket field is to improve and to do better. We will look back and analyse the game and we will come up with a better plan and hopefully get two points in the next game,” he added.