Former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond has backed Team India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah to do a lot of damage to Australia in the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Incidentally, Bond has worked closely with Bumrah over the years in the defending champions Mumbai Indians camp in IPL.
Meanwhile, Bumrah was one of the driving force behind India’s historic win last time they toured in 2018-19. He had bagged 21 wickets at an average of 17.00, which also included a five-wicket haul. Jasprit Bumrah was the joint-highest wicket-taker with Australian spinner Nathan Lyon.
Jasprit Bumrah will cause damage to Australia – Shane Bond
Shane Bond, who was with Bumrah in the UAE before he landed in Australia, is confident that the India pacer will repeat his heroics in the upcoming four-match Border-Gavaskar series. Speaking about Bumrah’s first outing in the pink-ball contest, Bond believes the former can cause significant damage if handed the new ball under the light.
“Booms [Bumrah] has been out here before and been very successful but he’s still interested in different ways to do things. That’s one of his greatest strengths,” Shane Bond told AAP. “If he has the ball at the right time of night and it’s reasonably new then he can banana it both ways at 145k plus and do all sorts of damage,” he added.
Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah didn’t make a great start to the tour as he struggled for rhythm in the ODIs. Subsequently, he was rested during the T20Is to manage his workload. Shane Bond feels Bumrah takes pride in his performance and the poor run in ODIs must have left him annoyed. Thus, the pacer would be looking to make a solid comeback in the Test series.
“He takes a great deal of pride in his performance and I know he’ll be annoyed he hasn’t quite got the results so far that he’s wanted. The wickets were pretty flat in the ODI series to be fair.
“I’m sure the tour is going to get better for Booms … he’ll be a real handful and is the sort of bowler who can very quickly change a game if he gets it right.” Shane Bond concluded.