Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo: Twitter)

The 30-year-old Zimbabwe National Cricket Team right-handed batsman Innocent Kaia has said that the premier India National Cricket Team pacer Jasprit Bumrah is the No.1 bowler in world cricket.

Kaia recently smashed a magnificent century against Bangladesh in the first ODI of the three-match ODI series to help his side win the match. Also, Zimbabwe won both the ODI and T20I series against the Bangladesh National Cricket Team at home.

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Now, Kaia and the Zimbabwe National Cricket Team will be shifting focus to the three-match ODI series against Men In Blue and will be looking forward to delivering a good performance.

The India tour of Zimbabwe 2022 will consist of a three-match ODI series that will be played on August 18, 20 and 22 in Harare. KL Rahul will be leading Team India in the series and VVS Laxman will be the head coach of the side in the absence of Rahul Dravid.

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Ahead of the three-match ODI series between India and Zimbabwe, Innocent Kaia said that Bumrah not being a part of the Team India squad for the ODI series is a big advantage for Team Zimbabwe as he is a dangerous pacer.

“(Smiles) Ah! There’s always a big advantage when there’s no Jasprit Bumrah. He is the number one bowler in the world. So, of course, for us to not face him is an advantage,” he told Timesnowsports during an interview when asked about Bumrah’s absence from the India squad.

Notably, premier pacer Bumrah, who last played for India in the England series, has been ruled out of the Asia Cup 2022 due to a back injury.

We are not afraid to play our shots any more – Innocent Kaia

Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 2nd ODI
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In the same interview with Timesnowsports, the middle-order batsman was asked what change has led to the big improvement in Zimbabwe’s performance in the last few months. Kaia said that the only change has been in the mindset of the players and now they are not afraid to play their strokes.

“What has really changed? It’s not about the ticking of things, but it’s just the mindset. When David (Houghton, head coach) came in, he always just told us and taught us that we have to play positive cricket and that’s what we are doing. We are not afraid to play our shots anymore; it’s just that things have changed and it’s not something that is really big,” Kaia said.

Innocent Kaia
Innocent Kaia. (Photo by Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images)

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