Former Australian Opener Mathew Hayden who represented Chennai Super Kings from 2010 to 2011 in the IPL, believes Bhuvenshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah could create a great impact in this season both for themselves and the team.
The 48-year old stated that the experience of Bhuvneshwar could prove vital in this season as he is the only Indian bowler to win the purple cap on two occasions and only one of two bowlers who have won the cap more than once, the other being Dwayne Bravo. Also, Bumrah is currently one of best pacer in the world which makes him a great threat to the batsmen.
“I feel the experienced seam bowlers will always be a threat. Bhuvneshwar Kumar obviously has been incredible in the IPL. And from the Mumbai Indians point of view, who can go past one of the finest bowlers in world cricket, i.e. Jasprit Bumrah. I think he is as good as anyone on their day,” Hayden said on the Star Sports Show on Cricket Connected.
The Left-Hander also said he feels if Harbhajan Singh does decide to play this season he is sure to have a good season too along with the CSK star player Ravindra Jadeja as the conditions would favor the spinners. The franchise has made sure they have a very strong line-up of spinners and one should say they have done remarkable work by roping in players like Imran Tahir, Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Santner and Karn Sharma.
“I think you have got a handful of spinners as well who can look to dominate the play,” Hayden said. “Even the old boys can do the job. I am thinking of guys like Harbhajan Singh, who didn’t play a lot of cricket last year but still a wily off-spinner who can have a go. “Jadeja from CSK, some of the leggies as well who have got a big chance to get amongst the wickets this year.”- he added.
Mathew Hayden is considered one of the best openers in the sport. With this hard hitting ability and fearless approach one can say he dominated the bowlers for more than a decade. The Australian has played 103 Test matches scoring 8625 runs at an average of 50.74 and 161 ODIS scoring 6133 runs at an average of 43.81. He is also the owner of second highest test score in the history with 380 only behind the 400* of West Indies legend Brain Lara.
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