“He can be the real difference between India-Australia”: Allan Border names India’s match winner

Allan Border believes India's chances of success lies with Bumrah. (Fox Sports)

India and Australia are set to lock horns in the longest format after settling the limited-overs series equally amongst them. Ahead of the highly anticipated pink ball test, Allan Border named the player who can tilt the tie in the favour of the Indians to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy. 

Pundits from all corners have been naming the decisive factor that will determine the outcome of the series. According to former Australian captain Allan Border, it will be the bowling that will determine the outcome of the series with Jasprit Bumrah being India’s best chance to replicate their efforts from 2018.

Allan Border believes India’s chances of success lies with Bumrah. (Fox Sports)

Border believes that India’s spearhead is the biggest threat that the Aussies pose due to the pitches that deliver extra bounce and aid sideways movement. Proclaiming himself as a huge fan of Bumrah, he stated:

“Well I am a huge fan of Bumrah. If he keeps himself fit. We are talking of a guy who can win games for you fellows. I worry about him because on our pitches you get a little bit of bounce and sideways movement,”

“For India to win, I am worried about Bumrah. If he fires up like he did last time, get important wickets, ruffle a few feathers with the ball, I reckon he could be the real difference,”

Jasprit Bumrah notched up 21 wickets during India’s last tour and formed a formidable trio along with Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma. While the IPL Purple cap runner-up has had a rough year when it comes to the ODI format, Border still believes that Bumrah is lethal enough to cause havoc.

You always think that your batting line-up will get enough runs, you need the 20 wickets to win the Test. If he stays fit, he is the one who is going to be a key,”

“He (Bumrah) is a ripper. Just the way he plays his cricket, always has smile on his face. Lethal when he gets his rhythm going.” Border concluded

Jasprit Bumrah is expected to make the pink ball talk under the lights and set the tone for India as they mark their maiden overseas day-night test.

Adelaide will host the first test between the two sides with Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney being the other venues.

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