As India prepare to face New Zealand in the ICC World Cup semifinal at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday, Finch acknowledged Bumrah’s skill, emphasising the significance of the clash for both teams aiming for World Cup glory and India seeking to overcome their knockout challenges.
Speaking exclusively to Star Sports, Finch delved into Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling prowess, particularly commending his ability to swing the ball into the left-hander.
Finch’s insights highlight the nuanced skills of the Indian pace spearhead, adding to the anticipation and intrigue surrounding the upcoming World Cup semi-final clash.
“Yeah, of all the quick out there, and Bumrah in particular, his ability to swing it back into the left-hander is so crucial because then you cannot just worry about the ball going across and you might get a little bit of width now and then. You have to be on guard for the ball that swings back, particularly for two left-handers, Conway and Rachin in the top order,” Finch said
“Bumrah is beautiful to watch. It does not look like poetry when he is running up to the crease, but once he releases the ball, the seam position and angle to swing it back down the line against the left-hander is just poetry; it is unbelievable,” he concluded.
Bumrah has been a standout performer for India, claiming 17 wickets in nine matches at an impressive average of 15.64 and a strike rate of 25.70. His best bowling figures of 4/39 underscore his impactful contributions.
Bumrah stands as India’s leading wicket-taker in the tournament and ranks fourth overall. His exceptional form adds a potent edge to India’s bowling arsenal.
Finch also spoke on how batter Daryl Mitchell will look to stay at the crease, he said “Yeah, you have to get him early. That is what India has been good at throughout this tournament, getting powerplay wickets and exposing middle orders against brand-new ball still. If Mitchell is able to bat till the 20th over, then he is able to play on his terms.”
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In nine matches, Mitchell has scored 418 runs at an average of 59.71 and a strike rate of over 110. He has scored one century and two fifties, with the best score of 130. He is the ninth-highest run-scorer in the tournament and overall second-highest run-maker for Kiwis.
(With ANI inputs)