Indian batsmen found Jasprit Bumrah ‘one of the most difficult’ to face: Bharat Arun

first_imgIndian batsmen found Jasprit Bumrah ‘one of the most difficult’ to face: Bharat Arun India vs Australia: India cricket team bowling coach heaped rich praise on Jasprit Bumrah while revealing the reasons behind fast-tracking the in-form pacer to the Test team in January last year.advertisement India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 8, 2019UPDATED: January 8, 2019 18:15 IST India’s Jasprit Bumrah picked up 21 wickets and finished the four-Test series in Australia on top of the bowlers charts alongside Nathan Lyon (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah shone in Australia, picking up 21 wickets from four matchesBumrah made his Test debut in South Africa last year after having been considered a white-ball speciallistBumrah has been rested for the limited-overs series in Australia and New ZealandIndia’s bowling coach Bharat Arun shed light on the team management’s thought process that led to the selection of Jasprit Bumrah in the Test squad for the first time in South Africa last year.Jasprit Bumrah had been considered a white-ball specialist before he was fast-tracked into the Test team in 2018. Chief selector MSK Prasad, while speaking to India Today on Monday, even revealed they had faced criticism for the move but they went ahead and backed the 25-year-old, who has evolved into one of the top Test bowlers over the past year.Bumrah, the top-ranked ODI bowler, picked up 49 wickets in his first year in Test cricket and formed a lethal combination with Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma. The trio went on to break a 34-year-old record for the most wickets by a pace bowling group in a calendar year set by the legendary West Indies trio of Joel Garner, Michael Holding, and Malcolm Marshall, who had taken 130 wickets.Bumrah excelled in his very first Test series in South Africa, picking up 14 wickets from three Tests at an average of 25.21.He added more variety to his bowling during the five-Test series in England last year and emerged as Virat Kohli’s go-to-man. He instilled fear in the Australian batsmen’s minds and led India to a historic series win, picking up a joint series high of 21 wickets Down Under.”I think there were discussions in the team about Bumrah and they felt that he is one of the most difficult bowlers to face and also with the pace he is generating, he is extremely accurate. That is something that was extremely encouraging for us to pick Bumrah [for the South Africa series],” Bharat Arun told India Today’s Boria Majumdar in Sydney on Tuesday.advertisementHe added: “And rightfully so, the team management felt that Bumrah should be unleashed in South Africa because he has the pace and most batsmen who played him in the IPL, and our players felt that you picked up the ball that much late because of his awkward action.”Jasprit Bumrah has been handed a well-deserved rest as he is not going to be part of the upcoming limited-overs series in Australia and New Zealand. Mohammed Siraj and Siddharth Kaul have been named as replacements for Bumrah for the ODIs and T20I, respectively.Meanwhile, chairman of the senior national selection committee, MSK Prasad also heaped rich praise on Jasprit Bumrah, saying the in-form pacers’ performance has helped them shut their critics down.”Absolutely, this kid [Bumrah] is phenomenal. Within a short span of one year, he has become very professional. When we picked him for South Africa, not many people accepted with us. They said many things ‘he is a white-ball specialist and he is prone to injuries’. But we went ahead with the selection. Having said that, we took that in the right spirit. We still took inducted him and he is now among the top of the ICC rankings,” Prasad had told India Today.Also Read | India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK PrasadAlso Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara keen on getting back to domestic cricket, to play county during IPL 2019Also Read | India vs Australia: This is the best I have ever batted, says Cheteshwar PujaraAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow Bharat ArunFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Ravi ShastriFollow MSK PrasadFollow India cricket teamlast_img

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