Aakash Chopra heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah for his performance in the first T20I against Ireland and felt that the pacer ticked all the boxes in his comeback game.
Bumrah made a triumphant return to international cricket on August 18, 2023, in the first T20I against Ireland. This marked his comeback after an 11-month hiatus due to injury.
Bumrah’s performance was nothing short of exceptional. He was named the player of the match for his disciplined bowling performance, leading India to a resounding victory over Ireland. His spell yielded impressive statistics of 2/24, with an astounding 16 dot balls across his four-over stint. His first delivery didn’t work out as planned, but he quickly recovered and secured two wickets in his very first over, setting the tone for the rest of the match.
His performance was not only instrumental in restricting Ireland to a total of 139/7, but also laid the foundation for India’s victory.
Chopra, while talking on his YouTube channel, as quoted by Sportskeeda, said that Bumrah ticked all the boxes when it came to what was required of him during the match. The former cricketer said that the pacer did an amazing job in the first over itself.
“Boom Boom – two wickets in the first over. You would have got a smile on your face, even I had one. What did you want from Jasprit Bumrah? You wanted high pace, intensity, accuracy and that everything is alright. He looks good.”
“India won and even better than India winning was Bumrah’s comeback and my Player of the Match is Jasprit Bumrah. He did an amazing job in the first over itself. I had said Bumrah will pick up a wicket in his first over. Bumrah picked up wickets in the first over, not one but two. Well done Jasprit Bumrah,” said Chopra.
Chopra also hailed Bumrah’s captaincy during the match and felt the pacer rotated the bowlers very well.
“Bumrah was away from cricket for a long time but he still has pride, he is very, very good. He bowled extremely well and I would say he also captained well. He rotated his bowlers very well although a few extra runs were scored in the end,” said Chopra,