Jasprit Bumrah is 3 wickets away from completing 50 IPL wickets    AFP
Jasprit Bumrah is 3 wickets away from completing 50 IPL wickets AFP

The cash rich Indian Premier league is all set to start on tomorrow with Mumbai Indians facing Chennai Super Kings in the opening game at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Mumbai had retained Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah of which Pandya and Bumrah haven’t been seen on field for some time.

Bumrah in a press release showed admitted that the rest during Nidahas Trophy 2018 was a much needed one and even revealed about the hunger to get back in action in the first game against CSK.

“I was on a break. I bowled a lot of overs in South Africa, had played continuously throughout the year. I was at NCA and not sleeping at home. It was a good break and was necessary. The hunger is back and it is good to be back (playing cricket). I have played against CSK before. It’s good to play against India teammates.”

Bumrah is one of the senior bowler in the squad with 47 wickets in 46 matches for MI in three years. With Lasith Malinga‘s absence in the squad the responsibility on Bumrah’s shoulder will increase.

“We have a very good bowling unit. We have got varieties — good spinners and fast bowlers,” he said.

“A clear mindset and control are very important. Even if you have six varieties, if you are not able to execute on a given day it’s no use,” he added.

MI’s bowling coach Shane Bond also praised Bumrah calling him same humble and hard-working person he was three years ago. He later talked about Bumrah’s bowling varieties calling him a complete bowler. He also believes that Bumrah will be a big asset to India in Test matches as well.

He is a complete bowler

“I watched a little bit of him in South Africa. He is No. 1 in T20s, No. 1 in ODIs and in Test cricket he has been outstanding. He has grown up as a person, he is a senior player now. I met him three years ago for the first time. He is still the same — humble and wants to work hard.”

“I think he is a complete bowler. The first thing you talk about him is his yorker. He has also got a good bouncer, moves the ball both way and hits the wicket hard. He has got a very good slower ball and a very good read on the game. The more he plays at the international level he is going to get better and better and is a big asset to Indian cricket,” said Bond.