Former Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan believes Jasprit Bumrah, who went wicketless in the three ODIs against New Zealand, needs to be “extra aggressive” in his bid to take wickets as batsmen now look to adopt a defensive approach against him.
“When you build a reputation like how Jasprit Bumrah has built now over the years, you will have to fight this,” Zaheer told Cricbuzz. “Bumrah is in a phase where teams are saying ”even if we get thirty-five runs we are happy with that as long as we are not giving him wickets because then we can attack the other bowlers”.”
Bumrah was far from his best as despite playing in all the three games against the Black Caps, he was unable to make any impact and returned wicketless while going for a total of 167 runs in the 30 overs he bowled. In the ICC rankings, he has been replaced by New Zealand”s Trent Boult at the numero uno spot after the just-concluded series.