Former Australian speedster Mitchell Johnson lauded Indian bowling line-up for their wonderful performance on the opening day of the fourth Test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The fast bowlers were quite superb and reduced the hosts to 86 for six at one stage.
However, there was a recovery from England courtesy of a brilliant knock from the blade of Sam Curran. He shared a good partnership with Moeen Ali and then with Stuart Broad to take England’s total to 246.
Mitchell Johnson took out his time during his commentary stint in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) and spoke to the Times of India. He spoke on KPL, the Indian pace attack and how he spent his time with Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya at the Mumbai Indians (MI).
“I think what have seen is good young talent that has come out of KPL and its a great platform for the players for their T20 cricket and furthermore. With the IPL in the sights for a lot of these young kids, I think KPL is a great tournament. What impressed me more was that some of the senior players as well played the tournament. Players such as Robin Uthappa, Stuart Binny and Vinay Kumar led the way and showed the young kids what it takes to play the game at top level,” he said.
When asked whether this current Indian pace attack is the greatest attack in the recent years, Mitchell Johnson agreed that there is a lot of talent but said time will come only till whether they are the most potent of all time. He is in awe of Jasprit Bumrah
“There is a lot of talent and the current Indian fast bowlers have got pace and skills to back it. They have a lot of firepowers. Whether it’s the most potent, we will have to wait and see.” Johnson spoke highly on Jasprit Bumrah.
“Bumrah has impressed me from Day 1. I remember facing him in the (Mumbai Indians) nets and he hit me on my helmet with a short ball and I thought he was quick. He keeps things simple and doesn’t try to overcomplicate things. There was a point when the batsman had started to get on top of him and we had a chat regarding this. I told him that he needed to think ahead of the game. He is in the right environment at the moment and is getting better with each match. Bumrah’s pace coupled with his accuracy is impressive,” he concluded.