The Indian Cricket A Team showered a lot of praise and love on their pacer Jasprit Bumrah, not for his bowling, but rather, his batting against Australia A in the second Practice match of the tour.
Jasprit Bumrah played a gritty knock as he held his nerves and carried team India to a respectable total after the visitors saw another batting debacle and crumbled against the Kangaroos.
Watch: Jasprit Bumrah Welcomed With A Guard Of Honor After His Valiant Knock
Bumrah came into bat when the Indian team was in all sorts of trouble as they had lost 8 wickets for just 116 runs as the Indian batsmen failed massively in front of the Kangaroo pacers. Bumrah held his nerves and stitched together a partnership with Mohammed Siraj for the 11th wicket as both the bowlers stitched 71 runs.
Bumrah came up with his maiden first-class half-century in style as he smashed a six to get to his fifty in style. His half-century came in just 54 balls as he was looking dangerous with the bat in his hand. Shortly after his heroics, his partner at the other end, Mohammed Siraj, was caught by Marcus Harris as team India’s innings came to an end in the 49th over for 194 runs.
As Siraj and Bumrah headed back to the tunnel, they were welcomed by their teammates as Jasprit Bumrah received an auspicious welcome when everyone gathered up to give him a guard of honour.
Watch the video here:
Jasprit Bumrah got 'Guard of Honour' by team India for his great batting inning [55* (57)] against Australia A. pic.twitter.com/dPNIq4UqY5
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Team India surely have their batting woes ahead of the first Test and that was clearly evident in the first innings of the second practice match. Shubman Gill was the lone standout performer for the side from the batsmen as he scored 43 runs off 58 balls. Prithvi Shaw also played a fine knock of 40 runs in just 29 balls to have a solid start for the visitors. The rest of the batsmen couldn’t impress much as the middle-order collapsed.
The good news, however, for team India ahead of the Test series is that Rohit Sharma has been declared fit by the NCA to contest in the last two Test matches and he will soon fly to Australia to join the Indian team.