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30 January, 2021

Bumrah The Spinner, Lens On Langer And Spotlight On Pant, India Continues For Series Win In Aus


Rory'll Be Happy Watching This! 

England's opening batsman, Rory Burns, who spoke highly about Jasprit Bumrah and the difficulty of tackling him, would find solace in the BCCI video, above. 

Promote & earn moneyBumrah has hit the headlines with his impersonation of former India captain and the country's most successful leg spinner, Anil Kumble.

However, starting February 5, Burns will be compelled to focus hard on the various angles from which Bumrah bowls his usual fast deliveries.

MPL [CPD] INBumrah, who made his Test debut on 5 January 2018 in South Africa, will be playing his first Test on Indian soil.

Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami's continuing absence from the Test team due to injury means Bumrah will spearhead India's attack with Ishant Sharma. 

"He's quite a hard man to prepare for, isn't he? He's obviously unique in terms of how he comes and bowls. We'll just be working on those angles, try to work our way on seam and swing and those sort of things and try to replicate that as best as we can," Burns said.

It's clear, England's thinktank will be doing plenty of homework on Bumrah and ways to counter him. Doing so would help them in their goal of piling up big first innings totals, a strategy they feel will aid them in avoiding a huge series defeat in India.

Now Lens On Langer Over Australia's Defeat  

An inexperienced and injury-hit India's heroic series victory, few days ago in Australia, continues to be dissected and researched. 

While the impact of India's win is generating relentless positivity, the Aussies seem to be sliding into the negative. 

The latest to come under the lens of scrutiny is their coach, Justin Langer, who is reported to be prone to mood swings and possess an overbearing approach when dealing with players.

A report says that players preferred turning to assistant coach Andrew McDonald for advice as they felt frustrated with Langer.

This news report does not elaborate the source of the "explosive report", but also highlights an incident when Langer fumed at a player who was trying to sneak onto the field a toast sandwich. 

Langer could be spared for his anger on this one, considering the 'scruffy' past incident Australia's players have been involved in. 

Rishabh & India's Win Still In The Spotlight

HostingerTeam India's young brigade has a confirmed leader, Rishabh Pant. 

The left-hander has effectively laid to rest all previous negative talk about him in the media and among cricket fans with his brilliant performance down under.

In the past few days, Pant was found entertaining fans on the social media.

His signature with a smiley on the Test shirt that all India's players signed as a gift to Nathan Lyon on his 100th Test tickled the funny bones of fans. 

Few also found disparity in Pant's signature on the shirt to what they claimed to be his original signature elsewhere.

The explosive bat again made cricket followers laugh when he tweeted about his parents pressuring him on buying a bigger house. 
Elsewhere, ESPN Cricinfo and The Conversation got busy analyzing India's unexpected and unbelievable series win over Australia, especially their win at the Gabba.

The Conversation dug deep and revealed that the Pant-inspired win at the Gabba could be attributed to A theory of challenge and threat states in athletes.

ESPN Cricinfo cited its own control factor metric that judges a batsman's uncertainty in response to the opposition bowling.

Such reports show that scientific and technical research work on cricket performances are increasing. You'll have to wait and learn what new research comes up after the India- England series starting February 5.