Team India pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami were on their peak when Virat Kohli & Co toured Australia in 2018-19. The trio played significant roles as India registered their maiden Test series triumph down under.
They were terrific with their line and length and never gave any room to the Aussie batters who were without David Warner and Steve Smith due to the ban for the ball-tampering scandal. The absence of Warner made way for Marcus Harris, who after a year later has opened up on the experience of facing the heat of Indian fast bowlers.
The southpaw had scored 70 in the first innings to take Australia to 326 batting first. Although the home side took a lead in the first innings but Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Ishant Sharma came charging in the second innings to contain the Aussies for a low total. Marcus Harris revealed how he was scared to face the Indian seamers in 2nd Test match at Optus Stadium in Perth before calling them scary.
“I was scared… Facing that attack (Indian fast bowlers) on that wicket (Perth) was scary. It might have looked good on TV, but it was scary in the middle,” Marcus Harris, who was hit on his helmet a number of times during the series, said in Amazon’s recently-released series ‘The Test’.
Notably, Marcus Harris was hit on the helmet a couple of times while hit partner Aaron Finch got hit on the finger and had to retire hurt. Although Australia went on to win that game but lost the series 2-1. Harris was one of the few Aussie batsmen who managed to resist the Indian pacers. He reached 20 in six of the seven Test innings and scored two half-centuries with the highest score of 79.