Worst bilateral ODI series conclusion in a decade. The captain scoring his lowest series average in the last five years. Coming off from a superb 5-0 T20 series whitewash, the New Zealand tour is suddenly not jubilant anymore for Team India. Add to all that, the squad’s superstar bowler Jasprit Bumrah is now without wicket for four consecutive ODI matches.
Returning to the pitch after an injury, the wicket hungry Jasprit Bumrah is now without a stooge in an ODI game for the fourth time. Since picking Adam Zampa in the second ODI against Australia in January, the pacer hasn’t been able to send opposition batsmen back to the pavilion.
Not only the New Zealand series being his first wicket less bilateral ODI series in his career, Bumrah has never striven without wickets in no more than two ODI matches. Facing the Kiwis has now doubled that.
In the ODI series, Bumrah has bowled 30 overs, and gave away 167 runs, with an appreciable economy rate of 5.30, 6.40 and 5.00 across the three games. However, Bumrah along with the Indian bowling squad fell prey in front of a destructive Ross Taylor, who scored two back to back match winning knocks (109 and 73) in the first two games.
The Men in Blue bowlers also were packed up today by the Kiwi’s hit men trio of Guptill, Nicholls and Grandhomme, who chased down the target of 297 comfortable with still five wickets in hand.
With a rating of 764, Bumrah is the no. 1 bowler in ICC Men’s ODI Bowling Rankings. However, this dry phase in the 50 over format is expected to take a hit on Bumrah’s fight to maintain the top position.
However, Team India’s bowling legend Zaheer Khan has given some insight on Bumrah’s ongoing drought.
“When you build a reputation like how Jasprit Bumrah has built now over the years you will have to fight this.” Zaheer Khan said in an interview with Cricbuzz.
Since his ODI debut against Australia back in 2016, Bumrah has earned 58 caps donning the sky blue jersey, along with a substantial 104 wickets, including a 5 wicket haul.
However, Khan suggests the lack of wickets as a ‘phase’ for the bowler. “This is a phase right now Bumrah is in where teams are saying ‘okay Bumrah even if we get thirty five runs we are happy with that as long as we are not giving him wickets because then we can attack the other bowlers,” he added.
While Kohli’s own words suggest that “ODIs aren’t too relevant this year compared to Tests and T20s” for the squad, Team India needs to tick the mistakes and bounce back in the upcoming Test series, concluding the tour of New Zealand.
Following the Test series in late February, a three match ODI series against South Africa will be knocking India’s door in March, and it is the bulls eye where the team needs to restore their finesse.