Bumrah tops leading wicket-takers market in ICC World Cup betting
Indian superstar Jasprit Bumrah heads into the ICC World Cup in England and Wales as the bookmakers’ favourite be the tournament’s leading wicket-taker.
And there is no doubt the fast-medium right-hander with the unorthodox action will be a key player for the highly fancied Indian team as they chase a third title.
Bumrah is the No.1 bowler in the International Cricket Council’s rankings for one-day international cricket and is coming off a wonderful display in the final of the Indian Premier League final.
With his Mumbai Indians defending a moderate total of 8-149, Bumrah bamboozled the Chennai Super Kings to take 2-14 from his four overs as the Indians held on by one run to claims their fourth IPL title.
Bumrah’s late-over heroics prompted no less a figure than the great Sachin Tendulkar to declare him the best bowler in the world.
The Little Master, a mentor for his former team Mumbai, said: “Let me go on record and say he is the best bowler in the world at this stage and his best is yet to come hopefully.”
Bumrah has only fairly recently emerged as a big player on the world stage, and is not overly experienced in English conditions. He has played only five one-day internationals in England for four wickets at an average of more than 50, compared to his outstanding overall average of 22.15.
However, he seems certain to be used as the key death-overs bowler, a time when historically plenty of wickets fall. And his uncanny ability to deliver fast, swinging yorkers with great accuracy should make life difficult for especially the lower-order batsmen in search of quick runs.
Plunkett in the clear
England fast bowler Liam Plunkett has been cleared of ball tampering during a one-day international against Pakistan in Southampton.
Some fans brought to light a video clip of the 34-year-old rubbing his fingers along the surface of a Kookaburra ball, but an ICC statement read: “The ICC has confirmed that the match officials are comfortable there was no attempt by Liam Plunkett to change the condition of the ball or any evidence of this on the over-by-over examinations of the ball throughout Saturday’s ODI clash in Southampton.”
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