Mumbai Indians IPL: The 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is finally set to start on September 19 in the UAE. After 6 months of delay, the much-anticipated tournament is set to start. In the opening day, the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will face the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Abu Dhabi.
This clash has been an intense match over the years. However, Rohit Sharma‘s side will not have the presence of their star bowler Lasith Malinga. The Sri Lankan fast bowler has pulled out of the upcoming IPL as he wanted to spend time with his family back home.
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Former Australian fast bowler, Brett Lee feels that Jasprit Bumrah is the man who will shoulder the responsibility in Malinga’s absence. Bumrah is currently one of the best fast bowlers in the world. He is known for his unorthodox action and laser directed yorkers. Lee feels that Bumrah is lethal with both the new and the old ball. Moreover, Bumrah is also a death bowling expert. (Mumbai Indians IPL)
Brett Lee is a huge fan of Jasprit Bumrah. (Mumbai Indians IPL)
“I am always Bumrah’s fan since he burst into the scenes some years ago. He has got a different bowling action, he pushes the ball in, and can swing the ball both ways. He is good with the new ball but I like him with the old ball and that’s why he can fill the shoes of Malinga and can bowl at death overs. (Mumbai Indians IPL)
He can bowl at 140kmph and zoom the ball in at the batsman’s feet. He is bowling the Yorkers consistently and there are very fewer bowlers like that, so he can fill those shoes,” Lee said on Star Sports’ Game Plan.
Bumrah has been an integral part of the Mumbai Indians bowling attack over the years. He has cemented his place in the Mumbai team and also in the national team. Bumrah joined the Mumbai Indians in 2013 and has now gone on to scalp 82 wickets in 77 IPL matches. Brett Lee also praised the Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma and the Caribbean all-rounder Kieron Pollard. According to Lee, Mumbai can definitely qualify for the playoffs with this all-rounded squad. (Mumbai Indians IPL)
“They have to be. Champions of last year, they have got a good squad. Pollard is in form and we know what Rohit can do. They have Jasprit Bumrah, and some good spinners and some power hitters as well, so yes, they are in my top four,” Lee further said.