Mumbai Indians’ (MI) bowling coach Shane Bond lavished praise on Jasprit Bumrah, describing the India pacer as the “best T20 fast bowler in the world” at the moment. MI have qualified for the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after thrashing Delhi Capitals by 57 runs in Qualifier 1 at Dubai International Stadium on Thursday.
Bumrah, who is leading the purple cap race, conceded just 14 runs from his four overs and bagged four wickets. “Jasprit, it’s a privilege to watch. The best T20 fast bowler in the world goes about his work,” the former New Zealand pacer said in a video uploaded by MI’s Twitter handle.
The 45-year-old, Bond, also praised his compatriot, Trent Boult, describing him as a devastating bowler.
“I’ve loved working with Trent since 2012. We’ve seen him at his very best and I was very excited to have him on our team. Because I know what a devastating bowler he can be and he has done that through this tournament for us,” said Bond.
Sent in to bat first, MI managed to put up a total of 200 runs on the board. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav scored 55* and 51 runs respectively before Hardik Pandya played a 37 runs cameo. Chasing 131, DC’s first three batsmen — Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan — departed without troubling the scorer.
Bond also praised the team’s batting line-up by saying: “We have an intimidating batting line-up. You sit in the shed and it’s just relentless. At 100/4, you felt that they will turn in the momentum.
“Delhi fought really hard through the middle of the innings and got themselves well back into the game. If they’d had a little bit more luck or perhaps been a little bit more accurate, we would’ve been under pressure at the back end,” he added.
Reflecting on the team’s performance against DC, in-form batsman Suryakumar Yadav said: “They’ve given me unbelievable freedom to express myself whenever I go to bat. And whatever the situation is, whether it’s 10/1 or 50 or no loss. So, I just went out, expressed myself, and just played the way I play.”