Former India fast bowler Zaheer Khan feels Jasprit Bumrah needs to take extra risks besides being more aggressive to make his presence in the upcoming Test series against New Zealand. He did not get any wickets in the recent ODI series.
Bumrah, who was away from cricket for four months due to stress fractures last year, played all three ODIs against New Zealand, conceding 167 runs in 30 overs but could not get any wickets.
Zaheer said that the rival batsmen will now have to be more cautious in playing against Bumrah while the fast bowler will have to make extra efforts to return to form. Zaheer told 'Cricbuzz.com', 'When you achieve such fame as Jaspreet Bumrah has achieved in so many years, then you have to deal with it. "
He said," Bumrah has to understand that he has to be a little extra aggressive to get these wickets. Bumrah needs to take additional risks. ' India lost 0–0 to the hosts in the ODI series after winning 5–0 against New Zealand in the T20s, with Bumrah's flop show being crucial.
Zaheer said that the batsmen need to be cautious in facing Bumrah. He said, "He knows that the batsmen will be a bit defensive, so he has to find a way to take the wicket instead of expecting the batsmen to make a mistake." The batsmen are taking a very cautious approach and they will ensure that Bumrah cannot take wickets.
Zaheer said, 'It is a good sign that other batsmen are giving him so much respect, so now it is the responsibility of Bumrah to provoke him to play. He has to tell himself, 'My job is not to stop the run, my job is to wicket and in the process if my balls are scored, then let it be. I am the main bowler so I have to dominate '. The two-match Test series between India and New Zealand will begin in Wellington from 21 February.