The Indian team does not want to take any risk about Jasprit Bumrah, he is only opened the necessary matches and also keeping his fitness in mind. Brad Hogg reckons that India should treat their star pacer in a similar fashion to save him pace for Test matches and important tournaments. The T20 World Cup, which is scheduled for November later this year.
Bumrah’s bowling during India’s tour of England, especially in ODIs, have led many experts to call him the best fast bowler in all formats. Bumrah returned his best ODI figures of 6/19 in the first ODI, followed by 2/49 in the second as the result of the match did not go in India’s favour.
“He is definitely at the top. As with all fast bowlers around the world, I think he should be carefully monitored on the grounds that he is your prime resource in any group. In fact, your You have your hitters and spinners (yet) the onus on spinners is not as brutal as fast bowlers,” Hogg shared.
“If you need Bumrah on top of that for Test cricket and T20 World Cup and other competitions, your clinical staff should be first-class. At the time when you are evaluating groups and when you don’t see Bumrah actually doing it, that is probably a time when his preparation load comes down.”
Brad Hogg supported his view, citing the model of Brett Lee. Hogg reveals Australia’s 2003 World Cup methodology, and how Lee profited from ensuring his best. In that World Cup, Lee was at his best, taking the most wickets in the competition, only one wicket behind Sri Lanka’s Chaminda Vaas, as Australia were guaranteed the title.
“I’ll tell you a little secret, 2003 World Cup Brett Lee. Before that we had a Test series, however the whole thing that paved the way for the World Cup was that it was at its peak. Also, he didn’t have any in that competition. Bowled the fastest deliveries on point. It was because of him getting down with the physio and arranging everything up to that specific second to get to the top in that World Cup.”