Want to know the best way to counter Jasprit Bumrah? Aaron Finch urges batters to ‘RETIRE’ like he did

Aaron Finch said it was tough to bat against Jasprit Bumrah and has had to work on his footwork to face him.

Want to know the best way to counter Jasprit Bumrah? Aaron Finch urges batters to ‘RETIRE’ like he did

Aaron Finch said the best way to counter Jasprit Bumrah is to retire (Images via ESPN)

Ever since returning from injury, Jasprit Bumrah has just set the world on fire. In the 9 matches he’s played, he has picked up 16 wickets. In the eight innings he has bowled so far, he has not gone wicketless. He has maintained a great economy rate as well, conceding 288 runs in just 64 overs. While discussing how to bat against Bumrah, Aaron Finch suggested to just retire. So far in the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup, he is joint highest wicket taker with 8 wickets.

Talking about Bumrah with ESPNcricinfo, Aaron Finch complimented his skills and the abilities with the ball. He said, “When Bumrah first started, he would predominantly inswing to the right-hander, with the ability to hold the line off a straight one. And then, one series, he (Bumrah) started bowling outswinger non-stop, and then he occasionally inswing. 

These changes in bowling really challenged Finch, to a point where he wasn’t sure how to bat against him. He stated, “Then you always go, ‘Wow, what does my footwork have to be here’ because it’s so hard to see because his wrist is so good, and it’s only a subtle change with just in or just away. So, with a guy whose arms are everywhere, it can be really difficult to try and track that. He is somebody who is amazing. He gets the best players in the world out consistently.”

He was then asked what was the best way to counter Jasprit Bumrah. Aaron Finch jokingly replied, “Retire, like I did,” which made everyone in the room burst out with laughter. 

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What makes Jasprit Bumrah, Jasprit Bumrah? 

When Jasprit Bumrah broke out into the scene, he was just a young bowler with a very awkward bowling action. He made his List A, First Class and T20 debut in 2016 while representing Gujarat. He was one of the essential bowlers for Gujarat as they won the 2012/13 Syed Mushtaq Ali Tournament, where Bumrah won the Man of the Match in the finals against Maharashtra. 

Jasprit Bumrah celebrates a wicket (Image via ESPN)

He was then picked by Mumbai Indian in the IPL. Although he played only 2 matches in the 2013 IPL, he became a more regular starter the next season. Thanks to his consistent performances throughout formats, he made his T20I and ODI debut in 2016. In 2018 he also made his Test debut in England. 

Currently regarded as one of the best bowlers in the world, what makes Bumrah such a special bowler? Thanks to his hyperextended elbow and unorthodox run up, batters have found it tough to bat against him. Despite having a really short run up, he generates high pace thanks to the strength in his core and shoulders.

His accuracy is another factor, with the bowler managing to hit the deck or hit the black hole with ease. His multiple variations like his inswingers, outswingers, the ability to move the ball off the surface both ways and his deadly off-cutters make him a batter’s nightmare. Along with those, he is regarded as one of the best death overs bowlers, with a fatal yorker thanks to his time with Lasith Malinga.

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