- Michael Holding made critical comments about Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah last week, which didn’t go down well with the Indian public
- Bumrah and Hardik both picked up a 5-wicket haul in the 3rd Test against England
- However, even after their superb performance at Trent Bridge, Holding is not convinced completely and refuses to take back his comments
One big change that India made ahead of the 3rd Test match was bringing back Jasprit Bumrah into starting eleven after the 24-year-old passed a fitness test and was deemed available to take the field at Trent Bridge.
The move to bring Bumrah back worked wonders for India as the fast bowler picked up a total of 7 wickets, including a 5-wicket haul in the 2nd innings. The Mumbai Indians bowler bowled a brilliant spell in the 2nd innings and helped get rid of Jos Buttler to break an over 160-runs partnership that he was building with Ben Stokes.
Latest Cricket News: Michael Holding doesn’t shy away from criticising the young Indian brigade
Last week, a lot of cricket fans raised their eyebrows when West Indian legend Michael Holding during a commentary session during the 2nd Test said that Bumrah “is not a new-ball bowler” and he would “not pick Bumrah for the England series”. The former fast bowler was subsequently ridiculed on social media, especially after Bumrah’s match-winning spell on day 4 of the 3rd Test match.
During his commentary stint, Holding had also criticised Hardik Pandya and labelled him “nowhere close to Kapil Dev”. However, it was Pandya apart from Bumrah who turned out to be a key bowler for India, especially in the 1st innings when he picked up the first 5-wicket haul of his career.
Holding spoke to Times of India following India’s massive win at Trent Bridge and took the opportunity to clarify his comments from last week but in the end, refused to track back his statement about two of India’s most potent weapon in Nottingham.
Latest Cricket News: Despite a 5-wicket haul, Holding doesn’t wanna give Bumrah the new ball
“I would still not have him (Bumrah) as my opening bowler. Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami do a bit more with the brand new ball and they will remain my opening bowlers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s absence,” said Holding while commenting on India’s most lethal limited-over bowler Jasprit Bumrah.
Holding still rates Bumrah, but believes that the 24-year-old is much more effective with an older ball. He said,”What I have seen is he can get the ball to straighten from wide of the crease and is more effective with the slightly older ball.”
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