Rise of India’s New Finishers – Jasprit Bumrah & Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Gone are the days when teams would regularly score 100 runs in the last 10 overs against India.

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When the equation reads 35 needed off 24 balls, it's probably the batsman you foresee celebrating at the end of the match. But not if they are facing this current Indian team, not if they’re facing this current Indian attack.

Even on an off day like the one he had in the 3rd ODI against New Zealand, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was given the ball in the 47th over. And he stepped up and bowled out Henry Nicholls. The Kiwis were reduced to 306/5 in the 47th over and that wicket tilted the game in India's favour.

And yes, India did go on to win the match by 6 runs and the series 2-1.

So here’s some food for thought – when we talk about finishers, the first thing that comes to mind is how MS Dhoni hits those important sixes in the death overs, or how Hardik Pandya is also moulding himself to fill the role.

But, now, Indian cricket has new finishers – with the ball – Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.

Gone are the days when teams would regularly score 100 runs in the last 10 overs against India.

In the third ODI against Australia, the visitors set themselves up for a big total when they scored 259/4 in 45 overs.

However, Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah ensured that they conceded only 34 runs in the last 5 overs.

Even in the 5th ODI, Australia were cruising at 190/4 at the end of the 40th over, but eventually managed a total of just 242/9, courtesy the ‘finishing skills’ of our pace duo who conceded only 31 runs in the last 5 overs.

Bumrah is known as the king of death bowling nowadays. Remember that no ball from the Champions Trophy final vs Pakistan? Well, he clearly doesn’t, he averages a staggering 18.15 in ODIs, since that match.

Bumrah has gone from strength to strength, and Bhuvneshwar with for company, and their perfect yorkers in their arsenal – they are truly reinventing the term “finishers".

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