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Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah impress Kapil Dev

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SAYAN MUKHERJEE
Published May 12, 2017, 12:58 am IST
Updated May 12, 2017, 12:58 am IST
Kumar, with 23 dismissals for Sunrisers Hyderabad, is presently in pole position in the Purple Cap race.
Former India cricket captain Kapil Dev strikes a pose in front of his Madame Tussauds wax figure at an event in New Delhi on Thursday. (Photo: AP)
 Former India cricket captain Kapil Dev strikes a pose in front of his Madame Tussauds wax figure at an event in New Delhi on Thursday. (Photo: AP)

New Delhi: Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah’s effective swing bowling in the Indian Premier League will enhance India’s title defending ambitions in the Champions Trophy, believes former skipper Kapil Dev.

Kumar, with 23 dismissals for Sunrisers Hyderabad, is presently in pole position in the Purple Cap race to become the glamorous domestic T20 league’s highest wicket-taker. Bumrah enhanced his growing reputation as a death over specialist in Mumbai Indians’ Super Over win over Gujarat Lions, taking over the slog over bowling duty from Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga.

 

“I am delighted to see how Bhuvneshwar Kumar has returned to form. He is bowling so well,” Kapil said at an event organised to unveil his wax statue.
“And also Bumrah, hats off to him. When he started playing for the national team, we thought can he withstand the pressure? Considering his awkward action and attention that he received while playing for the country at a young age, he has certainly done well.”

He was forthright in his praise for Kumar and Bumrah, but refrained from naming any emerging young pacer who has caught his attention in the ongoing IPL. “The young boys are looking very good. It’s unfair to pick anyone in particular,” he said.

 

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