Jason Gillespie: India one of the favourites for the World Cup

A well-balanced bowling attack makes the Indian team a potent one, says the former Australia fast bowler.

Jasprit Bumrah (in picture) has an “almost slingshot” bowling action, notes Jason Gillespie.   -  AFP

Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie feels the current Indian bowling attack led by Jasprit Bumrah makes the team one of the favourites for the upcoming ICC World Cup, alongside host England.

“I think the Indian attack is well-balanced. Bumrah has been rested for obvious reason but their attack is still quite good,” Gillespie told PTI in an interview. “Everyone offers different things, and you add Bumrah to it, so they are well placed to mount a challenge for the World Cup. I think England are the obvious favourites, but India won’t be far behind,” he insisted.

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Gillespie singled out Bumrah for special praise and said the young right-arm pacer’s unorthodox action makes him a different bowler from others. “I enjoy watching Bumrah bowl. He just ambles in but when he gets to the crease, he almost has a slingshot action. He bowls at good pace, hurries the batsmen up, and he can also change his pace a lot. He is a very fine bowler,” the 43-year-old former pacer said.

‘Fit to bowl long spells’

“His action does stand out. It is a braced front leg, delayed bowling-arm action. It gets you to the crease quickly, and delivers that sling shot. It is what generates his pace. But you need to be strong to be able to do that. Bumrah is robust and fit to bowl long spells in Test cricket. He keeps his pace up throughout a Test and this is what makes him an exciting bowler,” Gillespie said.

Jason Gillespie serves as the head coach of Adelaide Strikers, a Big Bash League club. Photo: Getty Images


India and Australia are tied at 1-1 in the ongoing three-match ODI series with the decider scheduled to be played at Melbourne on Friday. The Australian team, which is currently going through a rebuilding phase, is eyeing its first ODI series win since January, 2017, and Gillespie said it is the best opportunity for youngsters to stake a claim in the World Cup-bound team.

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“Obviously they are missing a couple [of] key personnel from both batting and bowling perspectives. But the team will look very different in the World Cup. So it is a wonderful opportunity for these players and selectors to look at different options in pressure situations,” Gillespie said.

“It is a great opportunity for young players to show what they can do and enjoy the moment of representing their country. It gives selectors more information when they get together to pick the World Cup squad,” he added.

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