Prime Sports, International (Sydney), November 19:- The last time India toured Australia in 2018-19, they registered a historic 2-1 Test series win Down Under.
India pacer Jasprit Bumrah was one of the key architects of that series win. He scalped 21 wickets and was the joint-highest wicket-taker along with spinner Nathon Lyon in the series.
With a splendid performance in IPL 2020, where he scalped 27 wickets and was the second-highest wicket-taker after Delhi Capitals pacer Kagiso Rabada, the expectations from Bumrah are even higher this time around.
He has proven to be a wicket-taking bowler for India and his performance will be key for India if they want to do well in the series Down Under.
Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood, who was part of that series where his side was beaten by India, also admitted that Bumrah would be the player to watch out for.
“Bumrah is probably the standout. He is unique with his action. He maintains pace very well throughout the day and the whole series. He is probably the key. He can take wickets upfront or with the old ball. I guess it’s about getting a lot of overs into him, try to tire him out in the first couple of games. That will be the key,” Hazlewood said.
India’s pace attack has improved drastically: Hazlewood
The Australian pacer, who took 13 wickets in the last series against India, also admitted that over the last couple of years Indian pacers have improved drastically.
“They out-bowled us the last time they came. That went a long way for them in winning the series. They have most bases covered with their quicks. If Ishant Sharma gets here at some point it will add to their strength. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).