Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

MI built bowling strategy around Jasprit Bumrah in IPL 2017: Shane Bond


Bond, who scalped 87 Test wickets, also said that Bumrah has delivered under pressure for both MI and Indian team, adding the bowler with the unorthodox action will be a world class bowler across all formats.

The victory was sealed with the final ball of the game, bowled by former Australia global Mitchell Johnson, when Pune could only get two runs when they required four for the win. You will always have some inexperienced players in your squad and you'll have some proven match winners. That's what these three fast bowlers (Malinga, Bumrah and Mitchell Johnson) did, particularly at the death overs.

Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke, who was in charge of Mumbai Indians in 2015-16, admitted that he is left short of words to describe his happiness. He has been in this atmosphere as well. I am very happy.

As a result, he could only watch on TV as the Indians successfully defended a modest total of 129 in the final against Rising Pune Supergiant. Jasprit Bumrah picked up the important wicket of M.S. Dhoni in the 17th over. There was a unique sense of euphoria at the end that came from Mumbai moving clear of the chasing pack with a record third title. "He's been talking to younger bowlers, sharing his experience, all those things have helped our youngsters", said Sharma. "He has done it again and again for Australia and MI as well", said Rohit.

Meanwhile Pune coach Stephen Fleming rued the absence of England's Ben Stokes, who was key to Supergiant's surge to the play-offs before being recalled to play for England.

"Unfortunately for him, probably the best shot played in the whole the game (was the shot he went out on); off Mitch Johnson, around the wicket, inside-out over cover, (he) picks out Ambati Rayudu on the deep cover boundary and the chance for his team to get across the line (was) slowly slipping away". "We knew that it was going to be tough. Johnson bowled nearly a yorker and Smith sliced it. (Ambati) Rayudu was not expecting the catch but to take it under pressure was brilliant", said Rohit.

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"From his point of view, he would have loved this situation".

Commenting on the wicket, Fleming remarked that the wicket was two-paced and both the teams struggled to play aggressive game.

"Special mention for Kiran More sir, whose academy we have been playing for since childhood".

However he was "proud" of the team for turning around their fortunes after finishing seventh in last year's tournament.

We kept on fighting and that is the mark of a champion side. "They are very emotional, but you can also see that they are always excited on the field. This is where IPL is so good, in bringing together a mix of worldwide players from different countries", he said. The attitude of the players remained the same whether we won or lost.

While the answer was a resounding "no", Cricket Insider believed that luck favoured him big time. "Ben Stokes was fantastic for us".

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