MS Dhoni praises Jasprit Bumrah as India look strong for World T20

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India's limited-overs captain MS Dhoni is ecstatic with the positives that have come out of the tour of Australia, where the visitors lost the ODI series convincingly before bouncing back to claim a whitewash in the T20 Series.

Dhoni now feels that he has found a settled bowling unit in T20 cricket, a sentiment rarely felt by any International T20 captain. A large part of that, according to the captain, is the emergence of Jasprit Bumrah, who would not even have been playing had there not been injuries to seamers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami.

With the whitewash secured, Dhoni heaped the praise onto Bumrah: "The find [of the tour] for me was Bumrah. The way he has bowled in the last three games was really good.


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"What looks good is Bumrah as a potential player. He's looking really good, and even today he bowled the yorkers well. And I've always said that to be successful in the shorter format you have to execute the yorkers.

"Whether you choose to bowl it or not is up to you, but if you don't have that option, then definitely at some point of time, you will be under pressure."

The decision to go for youth and inexperience in India's bowling attack was apparently largely inspired by the failings of their old bowlers in the past. Dhoni acknowledged: "We wanted to try different people because we have been trying the same few individuals and getting the same result. So it was high time we gave chances to individuals who were doing well in the domestic circuit, and to see what really they have to offer."

This increased steadiness in India's bowling attack can only bode well going into the World T20, where India will be looking to be crowned champions for the second time.

A settled bowling attack to go with a top order in excellent form should go a long way to India becoming a prodigious T20 side.

With the whitewash, India also rose to World number one in the T20 rankings and will be hoping that this ranking will lead to them also claiming the World T20 title on home soil.

Winning the World T20 would certainly prove a point to critics around the world who claim that the IPL has caused India to decline as a T20 team while also vindicating the decision to implement the lucrative franchise T20 tournament in the first place.

If India are to take the title then the bowling department will have to be at their best when they come up against destructive batting line-ups such as New Zealand, Australia and England. Jasprit Bumrah has an exciting time ahead of him but it is up to him to seize his opportunity and become India's spearhead.

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