Former India opener, Virender Sehwag makes a comparison between two senior India bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami ahead of the mouth-watering clash between Punjab Kings and the Mumbai Indians on Friday in Chennai.
While Mumbai has had a middling start to their campaign, which they often do, winning two out of four matches and are at the fourth position on the points table. On the other hand, despite one less loss than Mumbai, haven’t looked a team that could challenge others for the title, because of their middle and lower-order woeful returns with the bat.
Rohit Sharma’s side, too, hasn’t been ideal with the bat in the middle-overs – part of it could also be blamed on the slow and turning pitch in Chennai, which they are not used to at the Wankhede.
Nonetheless, both sides will hope for better performance on Friday – and that would also largely depend on the performance of their spearhead pacers. Virender Sehwag, however, predicts Bumrah to do better than Shami.
Bowling in death affects Shami’s yorkers and the lengths of his deliveries: Virender Sehwag
The former Punjab captain believes that Jasprit Bumrah is a much better bowler in the death as compared to Mohammed Shami.
Virender Sehwag observed that the Punjab seamer’s length goes awry when he bowls in the death, while Bumrah has control over the ball and is smart with his variations as well.
Hence, Virender Sehwag predicts that the Mumbai spearhead will be economical than Punjab’s senior bowler. The number does back up Sehwag’s claim: this season Bumrah has conceded runs at an envious rate of 6.25 per over, while Shami has leaked at 8.79.
“I think that Bumrah will be the one to watch out for. He’s an experienced bowler and yorkers are generally harder for batsmen to hit and he bowls them often,” Virender Sehwag said on Flipkart’s Power Play with Champions.
“I think whenever Mohammed Shami bowls in the later overs of a match, it affects his yorkers and the lengths of his deliveries. Hence I feel that Bumrah will concede lesser runs in today’s game,” he added.