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MI built bowling strategy around Jasprit Bumrah in IPL 2017: Shane Bond

Jasprit Bumrah finished the 2017 Indian Premier League season for Mumbai Indians with 20 scalps, his best season in the IPL, and his rise has given Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli a headache when he sits down to pick his speedsters in the final XI during the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

ipl 2017 Updated: May 22, 2017 23:51 IST
Rajesh Pansare
Rajesh Pansare
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
IPL 2017,Mumbai Indians,Rising Pune Supergiant
Mumbai Indians (MI) pacer Jasprit Bumrah (R) celebrates after the dismissal of Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) batsman Rahul Tripathi (L) during the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.(AFP)

Whenever Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma gave the ball to Jasprit Bumrah in crunch situations this Indian Premier League (IPL) season, more often than not, the Gujarat speedster did not disappoint his captain.

Be it the Super Over against Gujarat Lions (GL) or the opening spell against Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 2 or Sunday’s final against Rising Pune Supergiant, Jasprit Bumrah was always there to dig his team out of trouble and was one of the chief architects of Mumbai Indians’ title triumph.

Bumrah finished the 2017 campaign with 20 scalps, his best season in the IPL, and his emergence has given India skipper Virat Kohli a headache when he sits down to pick his speedsters in the final XI during the ICC Champions Trophy. Besides Bumrah, others quick bowlers on India’s roster are Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami.

Bhuvneshwar finished with the Purple Cap for taking the most wickets in the IPL, while Shami and Yadav have done well in national colours.

Mumbai Indians’ bowling coach Shane Bond feels Bumrah has the skills to be successful in any conditions. “The way the guy is bowling in this tournament, if he carries this form through to the Champions Trophy, he’s going to play a big role in India’s success,” said Bond, who has worked closely with Bumrah in Mumbai Indians’ nets over the last couple of years.

Bond added that Mumbai Indians tweaked their bowling strategy as the tournament progress and built it around Bumrah’s abilities. “He always bowled the pressure overs because he has got the skills and I think he has done well for Mumbai as well as India.

“As the tournament progressed, we tweaked the attack around Bum’s bowling at the back end. Then, we started to use (Lasith) Malinga in the middle overs more as a defensive bowler. When you start to base you attack around a bowler like Bumrah, that shows a lot of his quality and I definitely think he will become a world-class bowler across all formats.”

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma didn’t want to put undue pressure on Bumrah by calling him the No. 1 T20 bowler in the world. “I would prefer not to say that he is world No. 1 (T20) bowler. Right now he is doing a great job and I would like him to continue to do that. All those things will only put pressure on him.

“He knows what his capabilities are and he has shown it through the tournament when he bowled that Super Over to probably the one of the best T20 batters in the world -- (Brendon) McCullum and (Aaron) Finch -- and defended 11 runs.”

First Published: May 22, 2017 23:35 IST