Bond has played a major role in my career: Bumrah

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14 May 2021 | 08:14 AM
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Bond has played a major role in my career: Bumrah

The Mumbai Indians fast bowler will lead India's attack in the upcoming WTC final against New Zealand

India pacer Jasprit Bumrah has credited Mumbai Indians (MI) bowling coach for shaping his career. Bumrah will lead India's pace attack against New Zealand in the World test Championship (WTC) final next month and he reckons that the former Kiwi pacer has played a major role in his development.

"I always try to talk to him even when I am not here and with the Indian team. So, it's been a good journey, and hopefully, every year I keep learning something new and try to add new things to my bowling," Bumrah said in a video posted by MI.

"He has played a major role in that. It's been a great relationship so far, and hopefully, this continues for many many years to come," Bumrah said.

Bumrah also shared that Bond is available for a chat even when he is on national duty and their relationship is not restricted during the couple of months during the Indian Premier League (IPL). 

"I met him (Bond) for the first time in 2015. As a child, I had seen him bowl and was always very fascinated by how he used to bowl for New Zealand, and how he used to operate," the India pacer said.

Bumrah, who has so far played 19 Tests, said that Bond assisted him a lot in broadening his horizon which in turn helped him blossom as a cricketer. "When I met him over here, it was a good experience. He helped me a lot to open my mind to different things that I could try on the cricket field. So that was very good and that relationship has only gotten better each and every year," added the Gujarat pacer.

Bond, on his part, termed Bumrah as the best death bowler in the world. Seasoned New Zealand left-arm pacer Trent Boult also had words of praise for his compatriot, saying that Bond was a "tremendous thinker of the game and a pretty good tactician."

"He has been here for a long time, he knows what he is doing and he puts in a lot of work into making sure that the bowlers are well equipped and have got enough information to make some decisions on the day. Yeah, really enjoy working with him," said Boult, who has played 71 Tests.

(With inputs from PTI)

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