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Boult backs Bumrah to bounce back strongly

By The Assam Tribune

ABU DHABI, Sept 22: Left-arm fast bowler Trent Boult has backed Jasprit Bumrah to bounce back strongly in Mumbai Indians� next IPL game against Kolkata Knight Riders here on Wednesday, after the India pace spearhead had a rare off day in the tournament opener. Bumrah, regarded as India�s best death bowler, leaked 43 runs against Chennai Super Kings in a losing cause in the IPL 2020 opener on Saturday. �He (Bumrah) is a world class bowler, he is trying very hard over the last couple of days to find rhythm. I am 100 per cent sure he will be on the mark in the coming games,� Boult said.

�He is a big player for us and a very important bowler and I am sure he will bounce back very nicely.�

Boult said he is hoping to forge a successful partnership with Bumrah in MI�s bowling attack. �Yes the opportunity to bowl with Bumrah and the other guys in the bowling attack is very exciting and a good opportunity to learn. And yes Bumrah is a guy, who is very experienced and he has got some amazing skills and I�m really looking forward to hopefully having some success with him,� he said. The 31-year-old left-arm pacer, who returned with figures of 1/23 against CSK, was satisfied with his own effort, even though MI failed to defend 163-run target.

�I think from my point of view personally, coming off from a big winter in New Zealand with lockdowns and isolations, I haven�t played cricket in probably six months, so I was pretty happy with the way I came out. Conditions are a lot different to what I face back home, with the heat and humidity here.�

He, however, said there were a couple of areas in terms of accuracy and execution which the team needs to tighten up in the coming games.

�But we were a couple of (few) runs short in terms of our total to defend. We need to tighten up a couple of small areas with accuracy and execution and that�s what we will look to do in the next couple of games,� he said. � PTI

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