Shami backs off-colour Bumrah, takes a dig at critics

India pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah has not been in the greatest of form of late. In the recently concluded three-match ODI series against New Zealand, he gave away 167 runs without having any success.Bumrah backed by Shami

However, the way Bumrah is being criticised for his recent out of form is uncalled for, believes his teammate and fellow fast bowler Mohammed Shami.

“How can people forget Jasprit Bumrah’s numerous match-winning performances just after a couple of indifferent ODI games?,” Shami put forward the question on Saturday to counter the criticism levelled at his new ball partner.

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“I can understand we are discussing on a topic (after a certain length of time) not just after 2-4 games. Just because he hasn’t performed in two games, you can’t just ignore his ability to win matches,” he added.

The 29-year-old cricketer also took a dig at critics, saying they are people are making money criticising players without knowing how hard it is for a player to perform coming back from a stress fracture on his lower back.

“As a sportsman, it’s very different. From outside, it is very easy to nitpick as some have a job to comment and earn money. Every sportsman can get injured and one should try and look at the positives rather than harp on negatives. I also got injured in 2015 (knee surgery) but then bounced back,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bumrah has seemingly got back to his rhythm as he bowled 11 overs on Saturday and picked up 2 wickets and gave away only 18 runs as India bundled out New Zealand XI for 235 and sealed a handy first innings lead. They were 59 for none at the end of second day’s play. Earlier India had scored 263 runs batting first.

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