Jasprit Bumrah with Mumbai Indian Bowling Coach Shane Bond.© BCCI / IPL
The Mumbai Indians face the Kolkata Knight Riders in a crucial Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) encounter on Thursday. The game is important for both teams as a KKR win will take them to 8 points, like MI. While the victory for Rohit Sharma’s side would mean they would hit the 10-point mark, where the Royal Challengers Bangalore are currently in third place. The battle for the last two places in the play-offs will soon escalate and it will escalate even more if Eoin Morgan’s side manage to beat MI, which has happened very rarely in the history of the league. . The MI vs KKR clash has been the biggest mismatch in IPL over the years as MI leads the head-to-head 22-6.
If Mumbai were to continue this dominance on Thursday, they would need Jasprit Bumrah to neutralize threats posed by Andre Russell and KKR’s other top batsmen. KKR is relying mainly on one last bloom to reach big totals and Bumrah will have to control that.
Former Indian drummer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar was interviewed during a show on UK Time News on how Mumbai Indians should best use Jasprit Bumrah. To that, Manjrekar had a simple suggestion.
“If you look at Bumrah’s style, it’s not like Siraj or Deepak Chahar, who try to swing the batsmen away with the swing, when they’re not looking to go after the bowling. Bumrah’s wickets usually come in. in the second half. So they should play players like Trent Boult and Adam Milne in the early stages, “Manjrekar said.
Former Indian batsman and captain of the Ranji Trophy from Mumbai gave the example of Pakistani paceman Umar Gul and how his 4 overs were used by the team in T20 matches.
“If you remember Umar Gul used to throw his four overs towards the end of the innings for Pakistan and he was very successful. I think MI should keep Bumrah’s four overs after the 10 mark. In case the team is in trouble and the opposing batsmen are scoring freely, then maybe bring him in for a few overs, but try to save him for the later stages. batsmen are desperate to reach the limits, ”said Manjrekar.
The Mumbai Indians are currently in fourth place in the points table with 8 points from 8 matches. The Kolkata Knight Riders are 6th with 6 points in 8 games.
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