ICC World Cup 2019: Kevin Pietersen deciphers the way to tackle Jasprit Bumrah
Bumrah picked up the South African openers on Wednesday.
Updated - Jan 21, 2020 8:33 pm
Back in 2016, Team India was blessed with a fast bowler named Jasprit Bumrah. The youngster started his career playing only limited-overs cricket for the national side. But last year, he got to play Test cricket as well and he didn’t flatter to deceive by any stretch of the imagination. The 25-year-old speedster is presently India’s gun bowler in all the three formats of the sport.
He is currently playing the 2019 edition of the World Cup in England and Wales. In the very first match against South Africa at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, he made an impact with the leather in hand. Under cloudy and overcast conditions, the Proteas, captained by Faf du Plessis, opted to bat first under overcast conditions and the decision backfire severely on them.
Bumrah removes the Proteas openers
Bumrah spewed venom and got under the skins of the hapless South African openers. He generated some extra bounce from the surface and found Hashim Amla’s outside edge. The batsman poked tentatively at the ball and guided it into the palms of Rohit Sharma at second slip. In his third over, Bumrah nipped out Quinton de Kock- the other opening batsman.
The pacer churned out a full and wide delivery, not one of his best by any means, yet produced a wicket. The in-form De Kock went after it in order to nail a cover-drive, but it went haywire for the southpaw. The ball took a thick outside and nestled into the palms of Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, who was standing at the third slip region. De Kock could only score 10 off 17 balls.
In the meantime, Kevin Pietersen, the former England cricketer, tried to find out a method for the right-handed batsmen by which they can stop Jasprit Bumrah. The fast bowler has been in jaw-dropping form and is expected to unfold more mayhem. At this point in time, the batters must be in search for some way to neutralize Bumrah and Pietersen’s advice could well do the trick for them.
Pietersen took to Twitter and wrote, “Quick memo to all right handed batters – get onto off stump against Bumrah & look to hit him from, straight back at the stumps to square leg. Eliminate the off side completely!”
Here is Pietersen’s tweet
Quick memo to all right handed batters – get onto off stump against Bumrah & look to hit him from, straight back at the stumps to square leg.
Eliminate the off side completely!
— Kevin Pietersen???? (@KP24) June 5, 2019