Lara advises how to tackle Bumrah
Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is going to the World Cup as the number one bowler in the world and former Windies captain Brian Lara has some tips on how to play the lethal pacer.
Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is currently the number one ODI bowler in the world and its needless to say that he is India’s trump card for the mega event.
However, the fast bowler can feel some extra pressure, as well as the other teams, will take special preparation to face him and meanwhile, former Windies captain and legend of the game Brian Lara gave some tips on how to tackle the number one bowler in the world.
Speaking to IANS, Brian Lara said –
“First of all, if I was facing him, I would look to get off the strike (laughs). He is very good and someone who has an awkward action. Batsman have to keep their eyes on him and I would maybe try to apply pressure on him by rotating the strike. In ODI cricket, you have the option of picking up a lot more singles than in T20s.”
“In the past, you have seen that when batsmen looked to go after guys like Muttiah Muralitharan or Sunil Narine, it is very difficult and Bumrah has that sort of an effect. I would encourage batsmen to try to get six singles from his over. He is one of India’s best bowlers and then maybe you can look at other areas to get runs from,” he added.
The former Windies captain also feels counter attacking a bowler like Bumrah is a pretty poor idea.
“I don’t believe counter attacking against such a good bowler is a great idea. He might have a one-off bad day and then batsmen can capitalise but generally he has had very good days. I think I would look to pay that respect,” he concluded.