Paul Collingwood backs Jasprit Bumrah ahead of Australia clash – “I can imagine that he would be putting them under a serious amount of pressure”

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Jasprit Bumrah

In the high-stakes encounter between India and Australia at the T20 World Cup 2024, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah emerges as the linchpin. Bumrah has been in riveting form throughout the tournament, scalping 10 wickets at an astonishing economy rate of 3.42 runs per over. His ability to deliver under pressure makes him a potent force.

Jasprit Bumrah’s overs will make the difference: Paul Collingwood

Former England captain Paul Collingwood rightly identifies Bumrah as the “big point of difference.” His presence on any team sheet is non-negotiable. With four crucial overs, he can put the Australian openers in serious trouble.

“Jasprit Bumrah is the big point of difference in this World Cup. He is the person who would be on any team sheet. He is somebody who can take a lot of wickets. And I think when you’ve got a player like that in your rank and bowl four overs; I think Australia are probably in a little bit of trouble. I can imagine that he would be putting them under a serious amount of pressure, but it’s going to be a great one to watch,” Paul Collingwood said.

Ex-India spinner Piyush Chawla emphasizes Bumrah’s adaptability. Regardless of the surface, Bumrah reads conditions astutely. His arsenal includes yorkers, cutters, and pace variations. When the pitch favours bowlers, he thrives.

“Whenever he steps onto the field, he brings his A-game out. And we have seen what he can do with the ball surface doesn’t matter for him because we have seen what he has done in the US where the wickets were seaming around and when we came to the Caribbean, the way he bowled, he used the pitch really well with the good effect. He used his cutters and then his pace-on deliveries and he’s somebody who can bowl yorkers at will. But he knows when there is something in the pitch for the bowler and he didn’t even try to use those yorkers against Bangladesh. Those four overs are very, very crucial,” Chawla said.

Facing Bumrah is no walk in the park. His precision, pace, and unorthodox angles keep batsmen guessing. Australia must strategize meticulously to counter his threat.

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