Listen up, batters: Kevin Pietersen has one secret to tackle Jasprit Bumrah

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2019 | 0

It’s no secret that Jasprit Bumrah is at the prime of his career. The Indian fast bowler has troubled batsmen with his awkward action and lateral movement apart from pace and bounce. Naturally, many backed him to be India’s X-factor at the ongoing World Cup in England, a country known to dish out pitches assisting seamers.

The 25-year-old lived up to all expectations when he made his World Cup debut against South Africa in Southampton on Wednesday.

Bumrah was flawless with the new ball, beating Quinton de Kock’s edge almost all the while. So much so, that the on-air commentators joked it appeared to be a contest between the bowler and wicket-keeper MS Dhoni.

No wonder, he went on to remove both the South African openers – de Kock (10) and Hashim Amla (6) – having them caught in the slips by Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, respectively.

Even as he didn’t pick up wickets thereafter, the batsmen could hardly score runs against Bumrah as he went on to finish with impressive figures of 10-1-35-2.

Ex-England batsman Kevin Pietersen, however, seems to have developed a technique for batsmen to counter the wily speedster.

“Quick memo to all right handed batters – get onto off stump against Bumrah & look to hit him from, straight back at the stumps to square leg. Eliminate the off side completely!” he wrote on Twitter.

It shall be interesting to see if Australian batsmen adhere to Pietersen’s suggestion when they take on India come June 9.

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