Nic Maddinson turns left-arm Jasprit Bumrah in Sheffield Shield final
The Sheffield Shield final between Western Australia and Victoria ended in a draw.
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Australian cricketer Nic Maddinson, known more for his batting skills, imitated the action of Jasprit Bumrah as a left-arm seamer in the Sheffield Shield final between Victoria and Western Australia. Bumrah is one of the best pacers going around in the world at the moment, but his action was a talking point at the start of his career. Nonetheless, he has made the best use of his unorthodox bowling action, making his thunderbolts tough for the batters to face. He has grown into India’s pace spearhead across formats.
Bumrah is certainly a priceless asset for the Indian side as he can swing the ball both ways and alongside unleashing the toe-crushing yorkers at any stage of the game. He also has a wide range of skills with his slower ones and is deemed to be a death-over specialist for the way he outsmarts the batters. A lot of credit would go to Bumrah’s childhood coach for backing his action from the start and his stint with Mumbai Indians teammate Lasith Malinga made it easier, too.
Coming back to Maddinson, he was spotted as a slow left-arm orthodox spinner at times, but he tried out medium pace towards the end of the game. He had a similar run-up to Bumrah. His action seemed to have brought a smile on the faces of the wicketkeeper and slip fielders. The on-air commentators were also in splits watching Maddinson bowl like a left-arm Bumrah.
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Sheffield Shield final ends in a draw
Meanwhile, the final game between Victoria and Western Australia ended in a draw at the W.A.C.A Cricket Ground in Perth, with Western Australia leading by 480 runs in the end. Maddinson got just one innings for Victoria, where he batted at six and scored a 12-ball 20 that included five fours. Aaron Hardie remained unbeaten on 174 for WA while Sam Whiteman and Cameron Bancroft were the other centurions in the game.