Team India vice-captain KL Rahul has backed his premium fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah as he continues to struggle in international cricket in 2020. Bumrah finished with figures of one for 79 as India went down in the second ODI by 51 runs in pursuit of 390 to lose the series.
The bowlers have looked ineffective as Australian batters have made a merry of the Sydney wickets scoring easy runs. Meanwhile, Bumrah’s inability to strike with the new ball has hurt India badly. Incidentally, he has looked out of socks so far in 2020 in India jersey.
Jasprit Bumrah has scalped one wicket in two matches
After taking one wicket in three ODIs at home against Australia and ailing to pick up a single wicket in three ODIs in New Zealand earlier this year, Jasprit Bumrah has looked largely ineffective in the first two games of the ongoing ODI series against Australia.
Apart from his failure to be among wickets, the India pace spearhead has also struggled to maintain a good economy-rate. In the first ODI, he had conceded 73 runs while taking one wicket. In the second game on Sunday, he went for 79 runs while taking one wicket. Despite poor returns, KL Rahul has backed Jasprit Bumrah to come back strong.
“New Zealand was a long long time ago. I am sure he sets the bar very high… he means a lot to this team and to this set-up and we know the value of Jasprit,” said KL Rahul.
“It is about time a champion player like that will come back and deliver and get wickets for us. You also have to understand that New Zealand and Australia, the wickets are so good to bat on. You will see top bowlers not getting wickets [once in a while]. So that is acceptable,” he added.
Jasprit Bumrah will be desperate to hit the strides in the last ODI as the Men in Blues look to salvage a win to save their pride.