IPL 2019: Yuvraj Singh doesn’t prefer playing Jasprit Bumrah in the nets
Bumrah is presently MI's leading wicket-taker this season with 15 wickets in 12 matches.
Updated - May 4, 2019 5:02 pm
At the present point in time, Jasprit Bumrah is a lethal prospect to deal with for most of the batsmen around the globe. The Ahmedabad-born speedster never drops in intensity and keeps bowling with sheer, pace and ferocity throughout. The pacer is currently playing in the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League where he is the leading wicket-taker for Mumbai Indians (MI) with 15 scalps from 12 matches.
His economy of 6.70 shows the accuracy with which he has been bowling. A couple of days ago, he bowled an incredible Super Over to help his team beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Bumrah has a sharp bouncer in his repertoire and he can also fox the batsmen with his deceptive slower balls. It’s not a surprise that Yuvraj Singh is apprehensive about playing him.
Yuvraj, who was brought at his base price by the Mumbai-based franchise, was clear cut in saying that he has asked Bumrah to not bowl at him during practice sessions. “I don’t play him in the nets. I tell him not to bowl to me,” Yuvraj was quoted as saying in India Today. Yuvraj was in so much awe of Bumrah that he gunned for him to be the best bowler of the World Cup in England and Wales.
Yuvraj having a disappointing season
After playing for the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the erstwhile edition of the T20 tournament, Yuvraj joined the Mumbai team. He played the first four games but has been warming the benches ever since. The southpaw started his campaign with a resounding knock of 53 against the Delhi Capitals (DC) in Mumbai.
The 37-year-old was also impressive in MI’s game versus the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium where he laid into RCB’s premier spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal. Thereafter, he slumped to a couple of failures following which the team management decided to bench him.