It wasn’t going to be easy a job for India’s pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, who was making a comeback to international cricket after nearly five months. The prominent pacer did look patchy on his return to don national colours against Sri Lanka. However, he rediscovered his rhythm and played a crucial role in India’s ODI series victory against Australia. Captain Virat Kohli showered praises on Bumrah for keeping things tight as the other bowlers chipped in with the wickets.
The Men in Blue suffered a ten-wicket drubbing in the first ODI in Mumbai to Australia in which the Gujarat pacer conceded 50 runs in less than eight overs. David Warner and Aaron Finch took apart the likes of Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, and Shardul Thakur to canter to an easy win.
Besides, post that defeat; the hosts came up with spectacular bowling performances to tie the Australian batsmen.
Kohli, who’s extremely impressed with Bumrah, credited him for taking the initiative to consistently maintain the pressure on the opposition that allowed the rest of the bowlers to make inroads. Bumrah, who is often known for bowling miserly spells in death overs, received praises from the skipper for hitting the areas with the new ball and the old that continuously put the Aussie batsmen under a spot of bother.
Moreover, the 26-year old picked the only wicket in three matches at an economy rate of 4.58.
“He took it upon himself to do the job for the team, contain runs and in turn, the other guys were rewarded because he created the pressure. I think his death bowling in the last two games were outstanding and the areas he hit with the new ball today and in the last game was very special.” Kohli said after the series-decider in Bangalore as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Virat Kohli over the moon after the special performance against Australia:
The 31-year old hailed his entire team for bouncing back splendidly against a full-strength Australian side and believes that one needs to have the clarity in mind to excel in crunch moments.
The world-class batter further said that this victory was more satisfying, considering how they lost the previous time after being 2-0 and is keen to continue with this momentum.
“Clarity of mind is the key thing. You need to have a free mind, and today I felt like that. Today I went for my shots. (Satisfying win) Even better than last time. There’s Steven, David and Marnus. After 2-0, we lost the last series. We won this after going one down. 2020 has been wonderful, and we just want to go onwards and upwards. Great for the team.” he added.
The Men in Blue are now gearing up for a full tour of New Zealand where they will play five T20Is, two Tests, and three ODIs. The tour gets underway with the first T20I that would be played at the Eden Park in Auckland on the 24th of January.