Former New Zealand pacer Danny Morrison believes India speedster Jasprit Bumrah will be key to India’s chances at the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Bumrah has become one of the best bowlers in the world across formats. His remarkable consistency, pace and ability to bowl deadly yorker has made him Virat Kohli’s go-to man in all the formats.
He finished 2018 as the highest wicket-taker across all formats in the calendar year. The fast bowler took 78 wickets in this year. Bumrah took 48 wickets in 9 Tests, 22 wickets in 13 ODIs and 8 wickets in 8 T20I matches. Bumrah was also pivotal in India’s historic Test triumph in Australia this month. India beat Australia 2-1 t register their first Test series win on the Australian soil. He ended the series as the joint highest wicket-taker along with Aussie spinner Nathan Lyon, picking up an impressive 21 wickets including a career-best 6 for 33 in the Melbourne Test.
“Bumrah is a classic product of IPL and white-ball cricket development of new breed of India talent,” Danny Morrison told Sportstar.
“It is fabulous to see the ‘unusual’/unorthodox bowling actions still cutting it at the highest levels of the game, unearthing unique talents from the subcontinent,” he added.
According to Morrison, who picked up 160 wickets in 48 Tests, head coach Ravi Shastri will also be a vital cog.
“Clearly, there is a healthy mutual respect between coach and captain and that relationship holds the ‘key’ to a successful team. So, from my corner, Ravi Shastri is an important ‘cog’ in the machine,” he explained.
Meanwhile, England will take on South Africa in the opener on May 30, 2019, at The Oval in London. The tournament will last for 45 days with 48 matches to be played. India will start their campaign against the Proteas on June 5. The format for the 2019 edition will see 10 best teams in the world going head-to-head in a round-robin format. The tournament will culminate with the fifth final at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground on July 14.