IPL 2020 MI vs DC Qualifier 1: Mumbai Indians’ (MI) pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult, have together accounted for 43 wickets. Big credit goes to the duo as MI finished at the top on the IPL 2020 points table. According to bowling coach Shane Bond, the Bumrah – Boult pair will be back on Thursday and will hurt Delhi Capitals.
“It has been a busy schedule especially for fast bowlers like Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah. It is not just about the back-to-back fixtures but also the travel between Sharjah and Dubai. The SRH game was an opportunity to give those guys a break. But they are coming back and will hurt DC” said MI bowling coach Shane Bond while speaking to reporters.
With MI already through to the play-offs, the team management decided to rest both Bumrah and Boult in the game against SRH as the two bowlers had played in all 13 of the league games. However, in their absence, MI went down to SRH by 10 wickets in the last league encounter.
While Bumrah has taken 23 wickets, Boult has 20 wickets. The New Zealander left-armer has picked 12 wickets in the powerplay and has, in most games, given MI early advantage.
Bond added that the good thing is that all the players have had game time and that will be helpful in case someone picks an injury and is to be replaced in the play-offs.
“Games in IPL come thick and fast. To be able to rest some of our players is a bonus for us after we qualified early. Everybody has had game time, it is good for us in case someone picks an injury,” he added.
Given that Bumrah and Boult were deliberately rested for the game against SRH, the pacers will be back in the playing XI for the Qualifier 1 against Delhi Capitals on Thursday.