Too much pressure on Jasprit Bumrah: Ashish Nehra defends India pacer after wicket-less ODI series

Ace fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah who failed to pick up a single wicket during the recent ODIs in New Zealand has found backing from former pacer Ashish Nehra who thinks that there has been too much pressure on the former, especially after his comeback from injury.

Jasprit Bumrah recently lost his No.1 ODI ranking to New Zealand's Trent Boult

Jasprit Bumrah recently lost his No.1 ODI ranking to New Zealand’s Trent Boult (Reuters)


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Former India pacer Ashish Nehra has come to the defence of ace fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah who endured a torrid ODI series in New Zealand recently failing to pick up a single wicket across 3 games. Bumrah returned to the Indian team in January after recovering from a stress fracture to his back last year but has seemed off-colour in the limited number of games he has played so far.

However, Nehra told The Times of India that Bumrah’s form shouldn’t be a big worry for the team while citing the example of captain Virat Kohli who also had a quiet time in the 3-ODI series.

“You can’t expect Bumrah to deliver in every series. One has to remember he is returning from injury. It’s difficult for anybody to keep performing at the top of his game all the time. Even Virat Kohli has had a quiet series,” said Nehra.

While Bumrah remained the main pacer in the Indian playing XI in the last few games, the rest of the attack has looked quite green with the likes of Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini mostly filling in for Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. According to Nehra, theis has created “too much pressure” on Bumrah.

“The Indian team management could be much better while picking the playing XI. The other pacers, besides Bumrah and (Mohammad) Shami, need to know their roles. They have got used to having Bumrah and Shami firing for the last two years. There’s too much pressure on Bumrah. There has been very little consistency in the team selection so far,” Nehra further added.

On the upcoming Test series vs New Zealand, Nehra opined that Saini owing to his recent “momentum” in the shorter formats is better suited to find a place in the playing XI than Umesh Yadav.

“In the current scenario, Saini is better prepared for Test cricket than Umesh Yadav, since he has the momentum with the team. But he largely depends on the back-of-a-length deliveries. If he can get his length a bit fuller at his pace, he would open up more chances of getting wickets behind the stumps,” Nehra said.

After winning the T20I series 5-0, India were whitewashed by New Zealand in the following ODI series 3-0. The teams are now gearing up for the 2-Test series starting from February 21.

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