Bumrah is deemed as India’s best limited-overs bowler.
Veteran pacer Ashish Nehra, who is all set to make yet another return to the national colours, has asserted that India’s limited-overs pace bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah has it in him to flourish in the longest format of cricket.
Nehra, 38, lauded the fast bowling duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah for their spectacular showings during the most recently concluded five-match ODI series against Australia.
“I am fortunate to have (Jasprit) Bumrah and Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) in the pace department. Bumrah is the best in limited-overs business and the way he has bowled, he can be tried in Tests too,” Nehra quoted in an interview with Mid-Day newspaper.
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On Sunday (October 1), Nehra was unexpectedly called back to the national T20I squad which will take on Australia in three-match Twenty-20 Internationals from October 7 to October 13. The experience paceman had picked up an injury during the IPL season 10, wherein he scalped eight wickets in the six matches.
“I performed well in the last IPL so I think the selectors must have seen that. I don’t feel I will be out of sorts against Australia,” Nehra said.
“They inquired whether I would be able to play the Twenty20 series and I said yes. These days, I cannot play all formats, but I think I will be able to deliver in the forthcoming series.
“I am taking it match-by-match, series by series. I think I will be able to bowl my quota of four overs to the best of my ability,” the left-arm pacer further added.
The Delhi born fast bowler, who has represented India in 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20Is, also revealed that he felt embarrassed when people called him up to congratulate on his selection. “After all, I am 38 years of age,” Nehra said.
After annihilating the Aussies 4-1 in the ODI series, Team India will now shift their focus to the shortest format of the game. The Twenty-20 international series will commence on October 7 in Ranchi while the second and third T20I will be played in Guwahati and Hyderabad on October 10 and 13 respectively.
India T20I Squad:
Virat Kohli (Capt),Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Axar Patel.
Australia T20I Squad:
Steve Smith (Capt), David Warner, Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine (wk), Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.