Indian team were easily outplayed in the three-match ODI series in New Zealand. While there were a few major positives for the Virat Kohli-led side, a few concerns might worry Kohli going ahead. The biggest concern of all is declining prowess of Jasprit Bumrah in the international cricket.
Bumrah, who recently made his comeback to the white-ball cricket with the T20I series against Sri Lanka, hasn’t looked at his imperious best. The Indian pacer was ruled out due to a lower-back stress fracture, which made him sit out of the team for a good 2-3 months.
Upon his return, there were always doubts regarding his ability in replicating his impact for the Indian team. However, the doubt has somehow proven right to some extent as Bumrah no longer looks like the same bowler as he was before the injury.
During the T20I series, Bumrah conceded more than 40 runs in his quota of four overs in the third T20I against New Zealand. It was unlike him to go for runs. His lack of bowling prowess also haunted India’a chances in the ODI series. Bumrah, who’s known as the strike-bowler for his team, failed to pick any wickets in the entire series.
However, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson defended the Indian bowler despite a no show in the entire series. He regarded the 26-year old as one of the best in the world. Kane also threw his weight behind him mentioning about his return from injury.
“We know that Bumrah is a world-class bowler in all formats. He obviously came back to cricket after a period of time off as well but from what I saw, he is bowling really nicely,” Williamson said.
With T20Is and ODIs done and dusted, India will play Kiwis in a two-match Test series. The visitors will hope that Bumrah can regain his menacing form and continue to rip apart batting line ups on will.
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