Not just Rohit-Dhawan but India has another opening duo too which is delivering

Not just Rohit-Dhawan but India has another opening duo too which is delivering

No wonder India are the winners.

Mickey Arthur
Pakistan cocch Micky Arthur. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

While former cricketers and Indian fans were busy applauding India’s opening partnership between stand-in captain Rohit Sharma and his deputy Shikhar Dhawan in the ongoing Asia Cup, especially their murderous best against Pakistan, there is another opening pair which is also making a lot of noise. And it is India’s opening bowling duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.

The two pacers have given India the start they have looked for in the last three games – twice against Pakistan and once against Bangladesh – and it was because of their efforts that the opponent batsmen could never find themselves at ease. In the last game against Pakistan in the Super Four, Bumrah rose to the occasion in the death overs after Bhuvaneshwar went for some runs in one over and put the brakes on the arch-rivals’ batting progress. The duo has taken 13 wickets between them in three games, making the work that much easier for India’s in-form batsmen.

‘Bumrah-Bhuvneshwar forced to deviate from our plans’

Pakistan’s South African coach Mickey Arthur also conceded to the fact that India’s opening bowlers forced them to “deviate” from their plans. “They assessed the conditions well, hit back of the length, hit top of the off-stump and they made it difficult for us to score. They forced us to deviate from our plan,” The Times of India (TOI) quoted Arthur as saying.

Bumrah created an impression on his mind through his relentless practising with yorkers at nets. He said the Pakistani team was practising near where Bumrah was honing his skills and there they saw him executing yorkers for 20 minutes at a stretch. “We will definitely be showing this to our young bowlers in our review,” the Pakistani coach mentioned

In the last one year, Bumrah has grabbed 49 wickets in 29 matches at an economy rate of 4.40. In comparison, Bhuvneshwar has taken 36 wickets in 34 matches at an economy rate of 5.10.

No wonder India are the winners.

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