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Willingness to improve makes Bumrah one of the best pacers in the world: Shane Bond




Mumbai Indians’ bowling coach Shane Bond heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah, saying the India fast bowler’s desire to improve makes him one of the best fast bowlers in the world.

The Mumbai Indians (MI) pacer is joint second in the list of wicket-takers in the Indian Premier League, alongside MI teammate Trent Boult, Rajasthan Royals’ Jofra Archer and Kings XI Punjab’s Mohammed Shami. Delhi Capitals’ Kagiso Rabada leads the pack with 18 wickets.

Bumrah is one of the world’s premier fast bowlers currently, having led the India attack in their first-ever Test series win in Australia in 2018-19.

“It’s been fun, always loved working with Booms (Bumrah), six years now,” said Bond in a video on Mumbai’s pace attack posted by MI on Twitter.

“The thing I love about Jasprit is his willingness to want to improve. He’s turned up in this series, he has got another different ball in his armoury and when you’re seeing it from a player who’s self-motivated, doing things in the background to make himself better, then there’s no surprise to me that he’s one of the best fast bowlers in the world.”

Bumrah had been inconsistent in the early part of the tournament and was unhappy about it but then came back in form against Rajasthan Royals, picking up four wickets for 20. The right-arm pace bowler took the new ball for the first time in this edition in that match on October 6.

Bond also praised MI’s other pace bowlers, Trent Boult and James Pattinson and attributed his team’s success to the presence of three high-quality fast bowlers.

“From my point of view, I am really happy with the way things are going and the reason for that is that the three guys, the seamers, at the moment are bowling beautifully.

“The bowlers have got a number of different skills. And I encourage them to use those skills. We’ve obviously used the bouncer and the short ball a lot. We’ve got three bowlers who bowl 140 kilometres per hour.”


Virat Kohli is best across formats among peers: Joe Root




India captain Virat Kohli is the most complete cricketer across formats, England Test captain Joe Root has said.

Root said he didnt consider himself in the top bracket of batsmen, including Australia’s Steve Smith, and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson.

“I try not to measure myself against other players. But I do watch a lot of how they go about constructing different types of innings across the three formats. You’re looking at three of the greatest players the game has seen,” Root was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

“Virat is probably the most complete player out of the three of them across formats. His ability to chase things down in the limited-overs format and to pace it as well as he does as often as he does and be not out at the end is extraordinary. He’s got a very good all-round game but you wouldn’t say he’s weaker against spin or pace,” Root said.

The England captain said that Kohli had learnt from his past mistakes and had handled the pressure of being India captain well.

“He obviously struggled on his first tour to England, but he scored really heavily when he came back. And, similarly, elsewhere in the world, he’s put in massive performances. All that with the weight of India on his shoulders, as well,” said Root.

Root called his England team-mate Jos Buttler as the best white ball player the game has ever seen, though he felt that the world is yet to see the best of Buttler.

“The way he can play a number of different scenarios. He can just demoralise attacks and very quickly swing games massively in your favour,” he said.

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IPL: Our place in points table appropriate, says CSK coach Stephen Fleming




Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coach Stephen Fleming said that there is a lot of hurt, disappointment and frustration within the camp after the three-time IPL champions crashed to Mumbai Indians (MI) by 10 wickets on Friday.

Fleming added that the loss to Mumbai Indians was symptomatic of the entire season which has gone totally wrong. He added that CSK deserve the bottom place in the points table. The Chennai franchise is placed eighth with six points.

“There is a lot hurt, disappointment, frustration that goes along with a disappointing season. There were a lot of things tried but we just couldn’t put a game together,” said Fleming after the humiliating loss on Friday.

“We’ve had holes throughout, like losing a player before the start of the season to things like being one over short or losing a couple of wickets too many. That can happen to a team off the pace. We don’t have the numbers from individuals, therefore our place in points table is probably appropriate.”

CSK were reduced to 24 for five in the power-play as MI seamers Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah ran riot. Boult picked three of those power-play wickets while Bumrah got two.

“We were pretty stunned, we had a terrible power-play, losing wickets so quickly and frequently. The game was almost over in the power-play itself. It was tough watching. They bowled well but we made them find ways of getting us out.”

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Jason Roy signs up with Perth Scorchers for BBL 10




The Perth Scorchers have strengthened their top-order for the upcoming Big Bash League season, with the signing of explosive England opening batsman Jason Roy. Roy will play alongside countryman Liam Livingstone in orange this year.

“The Scorchers squad looks very strong, I’m excited to be joining the club,” Roy said in a statement.

“I’ve heard the environment of the club is awesome and that it’s a place where everyone wants to help get the best out of each other. I can’t wait to get amongst the boys and help contribute to as many wins as possible,” he added.

With over 200 T20 matches to his name, Roy comes with a wealth of experience and the enviable reputation of a power hitter capable of match-winning brilliance. The explosive opener has devastated new-ball attacks on the international stage with a strike rate of 147.51 across his T20I career.

Perth Scorchers coach Adam Voges said: “Jason is a world-class performer who will bring added power and experience to our top order. He is a great competitor and we look forward to welcoming Jason to the Scorchers.”

Scorchers also confirmed signing Joel Paris, who returns for his sixth season with the club, and Cameron Gannon, who’s previously played for Brisbane Heat, Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars.

Perth Scorchers squad: Mitch Marsh (c), Jason Roy, Cameron Bancroft, Ashton Agar, Liam Livingstone, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Fawad Ahmad, Cameron Gannon, Jason Behrendorff, Matt Kelly, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner

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