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Bumrah’s poor record against CSK will have no bearing: Brian Lara

Written by Vipin Darwade

Brian Lara has claimed that Jasprit Bumrah’s poor record in the MI vs CSK clash will have no bearing on the clash on April 14 as he feels the Indian pacer is in red-hot form at the moment. Bumrah has played a vital role in MI’s big win over RCB and has been a contender for the Purple Cap with 10 wickets so far from 5 matches. However, the Indian pacer hasn’t had the best time while facing CSK.

In 14 matches against the 5-time champions, Bumrah has taken only 12 wickets at an economy rate of 7.73. The Indian pacer’s bowling average of 34.58 is his second worst against an IPL team after Lucknow (55). His strike-rate of 26.83 against CSK is also underwhelming as compared to his efforts against the other sides in the IPL. However, Lara doesn’t feel that this would matter during the match at the Wankhede stadium.

Speaking to Star Sports, the West Indies legend said that he doesn’t pay heed to such stats as Bumrah is in unbelievable form.

Lara concluded by saying that Bumrah would be lethal against the current CSK batting order.

“Well, I would pay no attention to that because the form that he’s in now is just unbelievable. He’s bowling well. I spoke to Shepherd and he says, You know, I try to stay away from Bumrah in the nets because he bowls seriously in the nets. His ability to pick up wickets also stifle the batters, put them under a lot of pressure. I think it’s just unbelievable. He is a big asset to Mumbai Indians, the battle or the fact that he’s not done well against CSK. I mean, I’ve not seen those stats, has no bearing on this match because I think he’s in top form five wickets in the last match. He is going to be lethal against that CSK batting lineup,” said Lara.

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