According to ICC’s ODI rankings, the number 1 ranked batsman and bowler are both Indians. Indian skipper Virat Kohli tops the charts for ODI Batsman rankings while Jasprit Bumrah leads the way for bowlers. Despite India’s dominant performances at the World Cup, neither Bumrah nor Kohli have featured in the list for top runscorers or top wicket-takers at the Cricket World Cup 2019. Bumrah has the answer to that question.
Despite Bumrah not taking many wickets at the World Cup, he is still the first choice for India in death overs as him alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar are India’s topmost lethal weapons. However, the wickets in England are too ‘flat’ according to Bumrah.
The Indian pacer said, “Whatever white ball cricket I have played so far, I felt the flattest wickets are those in England. There’s no help for the bowlers on these tracks.”
“You see cloud cover and feel that the ball will swing, but neither there is seam movement, nor swing,” added Bumrah. The pacer has just 5 wickets from 3 matches while he was billed as India’s leading wicket-taker at the World Cup by many pundits and experts. However, with the team firing on all cylinders, in all the departments, Bumrah still has 6 matches to find his feet.
Meanwhile, Bumrah’s partner Bhuvi suffered a hamstring injury and joins Shikhar Dhawan on the treatment table. Shikhar fractured his thumb in the match-winning knock against Australia. While his World Cup is already over and Rishabh Pant has been called in as a replacement, Bhuvi’s injury means he will be ruled out against India’ next opponents Afghanistan.
Mohammed Shami will open India’s bowling with Bumrah in India’s next outing. Virat Kohli’s men are the only team other than New Zealand who are unbeaten at the World Cup so far, and they will be looking to continue that run against a struggling Afghanistan side on 22nd June.