Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah’s emergence has limited others’ chances: Virat Kohli
Kohli has indirectly confirmed that there won't be many changes in the World Cup side before the World Cup.
Updated - Nov 20, 2018 12:10 pm
Ever since Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have started opening the bowling for India together, the face of the team’s pace attack has changed altogether. The duo, irrespective of the format, provides breakthroughs upfront which makes it easy for the others. Even the Indian captain Virat Kohli admits the same and has deemed himself lucky to have them in the team.
Having said that, whenever they get injured, the Men in Blue have found it extremely tough to find their back up. With the World Cup only a few months away, India are still not sure about their back up seam bowlers. The reason for the same is Bumrah’s 76 wickets in 43 games and Bhuvi’s 39 scalps in 38 outings since 2017 when they actually started bowling together.
Virat Kohli, ahead of the T20Is against Australia, pointed out how tough it has become to drop the successful pair as the team feels every game is important. This has led to limited chances for the other fast bowlers who have no option but to make way for them once they are in the team.
Both have been outstanding
“It does. You think about giving others a go at the start of a series but then again you think that the first few games are important, so if the other side wins a game or two then you still go and back on Bhuvi and Bumrah,” he said while speaking to the reporters in Brisbane.
The 30-year-old also hailed the way Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah, India’s ‘B’ factor, are always one step ahead of the batsmen. “Both of them have been outstanding, they are thinking bowlers and understand the situation and get a gut feeling of what a batsman is looking to do before they bowl. The ability to sort of predict what’s going to happen on each ball is what keeps them a step ahead of the batsmen, most of the times,” the captain added.
Before concluding, Virat Kohli, in a way, has shut the doors for the fast bowlers ahead of the World Cup by saying, “From now on its going to be more difficult for others to step in unless there’s any sort of workload issue because until the World Cup we want our 11 that’s going to play together to play together as long as possible. There aren’t many games left to go.”