Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah leading the way as India pacers come of age

first_imgJasprit Bumrah rocketed to his career-best world No.3 in the latest ICC ODI rankings after his match-winning 3/47 gave India a series-clinching victory in the decider in Kanpur on Sunday.New Zealand needed 15 runs off the final over to chase down a 338-run victory target but a nerveless Bumrah conceded only seven while picking up his third wicket of the match to help India prevail in the run-fest.Bumrah finished with three for 47 from his 10 overs and affected a run out to give India a narrow six-run victory in winners take all contest.Even though his opening spell partner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, looked off-colour, Bumrah held his nerves and bowled tight line and lengths to restrict the run flow from his end.Playing his 50th ODI, the 23-year-old also became the second quickest Indian to grab 50 wickets after Ajit Agarkar who achieved the feat in 23 games. Bumrah has been captain’s delight this year with 35 wickets, including a five-wicket haul, from 20 matches at an average of 26.00It is not how good you are, it is how good you want to be! #IndvsNZ @msdhoni @ajinkyarahane88 ???????? Jasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) October 29, 2017Like Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar has also been key to India’s dream run in ODI cricket. This year, Bhuvneshwar has bagged 25 wickets, including a five-wicket haul but his ability to restrict the runs in the slog overs makes him a lethal weapon in India’s bowling arsenal.Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar are the first-choice pace duo in the 50-overs format for India who currently have a pool of at least 11 bowlers to choose from before the core team is decided for the 2019 World Cup in England. The two pacers have picked up 60 wickets between them this year more than any two new ball bowlers of any country.advertisementIndia’s spinners have undoubtedly maintained their dominance but it has was the pacers who have grabbed the headlines of late.last_img read more