ICC CEO Dave Richardson terms Jasprit Bumrah as a ‘top-class performer’

The chief feels that India is in tremendous form.

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After an excellent performance in the league stages of the 2019 World Cup, India is all set to lock horns with New Zealand in the first semi-final at the Old Trafford in Manchester. One of the very reasons behind the team’s dream-run in the mega event has been fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah. The youngster hasn’t given batsmen much to work with and has tied them down.

Bumrah is currently India’s leading wicket-taker with 17 wickets from eight matches. The 25-year-old has an economy of 4.48, which is the best among the frontline Indian bowlers. The gun pacer also got the Player of the Match award against Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. His best figures of 4/55 came against Bangladesh in Edgbaston.

Meanwhile, ahead of India’s semi-final clash, ICC CEO Dave Richardson had words of praises for the Ahmedabad-born speedster. The chief of the apex cricket board mentioned that Bumrah is a ‘top-class performer. Furthermore, he agreed that the Indian team is in tremendous form.

“India is in tremendous form, especially their batting. People like Bumrah are top class performers,” Richardson was quoted as saying an exclusive interview with NNIS Sports News.

Virat Kohli & Co are on a run riot

India has undoubtedly been a dominant force in the tournament. Virat Kohli at the helm of the team, lost one match in the league phase against England at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. However, apart from that one blemish, the Men in Blue have been a tough nut to crack and they ended as the table toppers in the main round with 15 points from nine encounters.

Throughout the World Cup, India’s campaign has been marred by a few injury concerns. At first, Shikhar Dhawan got ruled out due to a thumb injury after which a toe injury ended Vijay Shankar’s journey. Their premier fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar also developed a hamstring strain in the game against Pakistan in Manchester. Even batsman Kedar Jadhav had an injury.

However, India hasn’t allowed the hurdles to turn detrimental in their journey. Back in 2015, India couldn’t make the finals, losing to Australia. But this time around, Kohli’s men would be desperately looking to bring back the joys of the 1983 and 2011 World Cup.